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Hillside Elementry (Mrs McLaughlin)

9 cent tickets to the Starland

Los Angeles Times Boys Club (The Spades) pool, ping pong, yo-yo competiton, swimming, crafts, roller skating,

E. Ave 28, The Oteros (Johnny, Sonny, and the girls), Ronnie, Josephina

Football in the streets, playing in the hills, marble shooting, top spinning, kite flying, polyseed eating, .

Malt shop on the corner across from the store (3 cent popsicles)

Collecting empty bottles for spending money

Stealing $ from empty milk bottles on the porches

Stealing fruit from the neighbhood trees (The Raiders).

Wow, I'll never again think that I had nothing but a great childhood. Who knew what great theapy this would turn out to be?

— Patrick
May 29, 2013 at 1:05 a.m.

It's not a scary place like some people think it is. For the most part, people are friendly. You do have to have common sence though and be weary of others

— :)
October 12, 2012 at 1:41 a.m.

north broadway and daly its where its all at!!

— tokes
October 3, 2012 at 4:05 p.m.

After parties at flat top, hanging out at taco bravo after games and dances, don't forget to duc or u might get shot, just life growing up in the valley and the hgts. loved it all! still listen to 80 s disco, remenise the great lincoln teachers and coaches. Mr Fong, Mr. Hall, Mr. Warwick and Dean. Cisneros " the actor" one hit wonder. Good times Baby, love to class of 1990 " Go tigers"

— Is on rolle st.
September 29, 2012 at 1:57 p.m.

I lived on ave 35 and griffin grew up with armando, jerry, omar, eddie, francisco, wacky, andrew, orlando, jaime (leeser), tony (zinoe). Now I'm serving in the military just got 1 more year to go and will be retiring from the army after 20 years. Little by little been locating some of the high school/elementary friends that way when I return have reunion.

Being out here in afganistan been getting alot of flashback from back in the days of playing street ball, kickball, baseball, and hide and go seek on avenue 35 and inside hillside elementary school then going bike riding in the LA river and cruising with jerry in his mini truck good times.

— sixer jose rivera
August 14, 2012 at 4:20 a.m.

I lived on ave 33 and griffin. I remember when Safeway opened and the thriftys at 5 points. My grandfather was a painter and painted many of the houses. I went to hillside and nightingale. I spent many a day in the library and walked safely home almost every day. I remember also playing up on flattop, flying kites and riding my bike up and down our street. We had a hideout up in the hills of mount olympus! We had chickens and pigeons! The peacocks came to our house and I remember when pecking me in the Temple of my face! We donated it to the LA zoo. I played with Omar, ponchie,chuckie,holly and the galvans. I was a Tom boy and climbed the loquat trees.

— Julie Cano
August 6, 2012 at 10:11 p.m.

Wow!! I was thinking of my old house where my sisters, brother, and I grew up. I goggled "Lincoln Heights" to see what has changed since I last lived there. I grew up in the late 1960's in Happy Valley. I attended Hilltop in kindergarten, then went to Glen Alta, Gates Elementary, Nightingale, Santa Teresita , in Big Hazard, then Sacred Heart of Jesus. Goooo Comets!!

(1980 STILL rules!!) Lol.

We lived in a dead end, on Eva Terrace, up in the hills, where neighbors had chickens and roosters. I remember how as a teenager, it pissed me off when I would hear those damn roosters crowing so early in the morning as I tried to sleep in.

I remember all the kids would go out after school and during the summer and flew kites on the hills, slid down the hills on card boards, played baseball, broom hockey, kickball, tag, rode our bikes down the hill to get candy and ice cream at the corner store, and as we got older, listened to Huggie Bear and Art Labeau on KRLA on our back porch, with our radio, sending out dedications as we listened to the oldies but goodies. I remember John, his brother Sapo, and others from East Side Clover. They respected us and would never hurt us. They took "care" of us. I remember all the kids I and my sisters played with: Rosie, Romy, Ruben, PePe, Irene, Maruca, and others. I finally left there in 1985, when my husband, who grew up on Brittania in E.L.A., got orders to 29 Palms. (U.S.M.C.). I sometimes dream I'm a kid again and my mother's calling me in to eat, standing in front of our screen door, like she would. She was a strict mother, from Mexico, who I use to think was so uncool, and behind in the times, but as I grew up, I learned to admire and respect her for all the values and virtues she taught us, especially to have faith in God. She was strong physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. She was the example I used to bring my three children up. Things she yelled at me in Spanish, growing up, I translated into English and yelled at my own children. I remember the moment it hit me, thinking, "WTH? Now, I've become my mother!! Lol. Crazy sh*t huh?

Yes, there were drugs. My friend use to grow Marijuana up in the hills, lol. Yes, there were killings, but we grew up street wise and tough. I learned how to be aware of my surroundings and listen to my gut instinct. You don't learn that in "upper" , higher class neighborhoods. I, for one, am thankful for living in Lincoln Heights and Happy Valley!! I miss that area!! I have the best memories of that place and will always remember everything about it!!

— Margaux
July 20, 2012 at 8:46 p.m.

Wow so many memories, my family also lived there from 1976 till 1999 right next to big savers. I remeber when there was hardley any traffic lights. The only weird house on brodway. Loved growing up in Lincoln heights many fond memories of riding our bikes, going to the liquor store to get a lot for a dollar and of course gates st elementary knightingale jr high then Lincoln. Meet the love of my life Ernie who lived in happy valley who died three years later 4/17/1993 only to find out I was having his baby born 12/22/1993 Ernie was flown to Belize where he currently rests in peace and I have the most wonderful son any mother can ask for. But Lincoln height will always be in my heart. Thanks for the memories

— Lulu
July 8, 2012 at 3:28 p.m.

currently I'm on my 4th deployment this time in ghanzi, afganistan (fob arian) nothing but sand and mountains; the last three were in iraq (2004,2006,2009). In a couple of months I'll be returning back to fort bragg, north carolina 82nd airborne division then only got one year left in the military to reach my retirement of 20 years of service in the army. After my retirement I plan on returning to lincoln heights area and track down old friends and hit up all the fast food places because been craving some tacos, when i'm on leave in los angeles every sunday I'm at rose hill park that where I can find the majority of my family from san juan de abajo and some friends from Las palmas, jalisco. For now just kicking it in the sand box and having flashback of back in the days. shout out to leeser, zinoe

— sixer jose rivera (vallejo 039)
July 7, 2012 at 11:05 a.m.

OMG I miss lincoln heights so much !! I met my husband across the street from the school the taco place I went to loreto elem.nightingale jr high and lincoln high school ..remember going to elysian park and lincoln park ahhhhhh those ditching parties were the best but most of all Imiss my friends consuelo,gloria,sergio,juan loved the past now I have to come back to the present ...thanks for the memories

July 6, 2012 at 10:14 a.m.

I have good memories of lincoln high loved going to that school i would have been class of 75 but i got married i went to loreto elementary then nightingale jr high miss all my friends nena,maria consuelo,gloria and lots more good times sergio,juan miss everything about that school but i do know consuelo works there and i will never forget the tacos across the street lincoln park elysian parkgood times right there and the ditching parties well I have to come back to reality those days are over but not forgotten

July 6, 2012 at 12:31 a.m.

I lived on Clover Street until the Pacific Railroad bought everyone out. We had to pack up and go. My grandpa lived up the street and my Mom lived there as a teenager until she married my Dad. Everyone knew everyone else. People used to sit on their porches back then, especially during the summer, NO ONE had air conditioning...two cars??? no were lucky if you had one vehicle. Went to Our Lady Help of Christians and Lincoln High for a bit until we moved out to "the sticks". Someone wrote a book about Clover Street called "All Over Town" of course, his experience is different than mine was, but I'm sure just as meaningful. At the beginning of the book, he writes a short excerpt which describes a beautiful city...I think only those who grew up on that street and loved it would understand what the writer was describing. I also went swimming at Downey every summer and sometimes on the way home would stop at the Lanza Bros. Market for one of their fantastic submarine sandwiches. It's still there, but the brothers are gone. Retired or deceased, not sure. When I think of home...I think of my life in that little area of town. Very happy time growing up there. Now UPS sits on it. Wonder if any of the employees ever see or hear anything at that site, since there was so much life on that street, so many things happened there. Too many to go into here.

— yvonne
June 19, 2012 at 7:18 p.m.

I remember kicking at sichel st. Good memories, tagging up walls an kicking with the krew, high rolling kings!! Miss all my homies, evol, excel, rail, unick, buoh, kike, bekame.

— vile~**HRK**
May 1, 2012 at 5:19 p.m.

I lived in Clifton st. About 3 years back in the 90's but used to hang on 28th e avenue with the sanchez boys, "pancho" and "raul", whiteboy, nachos. I have lots of memory good and bad. In trying to find then since them, if someone knows, have any information of them send me an e-mail.


— Rodrigo - nickname Brazil.
April 29, 2012 at 5:34 p.m.

Growing up in the 70 in the heights was a fun and exciting times .Class of 74 at Lincoln was the the best time of my teen life . Lots of great memories like playing baseball at Downey Park ,swimming every summer at Lincoln Park Pool and of course the Merry-go -round and hot dog / restaurant with the best ice cream in the heights. Growing up on the hill top in Lincoln heights was a real treat with it's majestic senic view of all of downtown Los Angeles on clear sunnday is priceless. The scary stories told to us about the crying lady that haunts these beautiful hills from our grandparents to our children .These are all the wonderful memories I grew up with in the heights.. Things have changed over 30 years with more gangs and drugs in this once peaceful, beautiful community of the heigths. It's sad to say that it maybe time to move on to a safer ,peaceful community other then the heights......I sure go to miss Lincoln Heights....Maybe oneday it will once be what it used to be ..............Sure going to miss it............a tiger forever.

— A.licia
April 24, 2012 at 6:13 p.m.

I lived in ave 28 for 15 years before moving to highland park. I loved it so much i still went to lincoln h.s...class of 95! I miss my childhood memories, the good and bad times, places to eat..dino's taco bravo pete's patio. Like most kids living there rode bikes go to the boys/girs club and come home late during the summer nites. Those that know me would remeber the egg fights, boxing in front of the apartments, playing baseball with others kids from the next block for sodas. Also the sad times..the first heartbreak, having to go to my father's wake last year. I drove to ave 28 to the old apartment and close my eyes and smile. We all miss our old neighborhoods and we can't forget were we come from! Now i live many miles away from there and when my kids get old i would and show them where i came from...maybe over a couple of dino's burgers combos or that mexican spot across the street from the boys/girls club.

April 16, 2012 at 10:28 p.m.

Does anyone remember the gypsy camp next to the Thriftys parking lot??? I used to live on workman ave in a quadruplex unit, ave 28 & ave 29. Went to hillside for a short time.

— silvana garcia ferrel
April 16, 2012 at 11:47 a.m.

My nana had the best house in Lincoln Heights it was on Clifton and a perfect view of Dodger Stadium and downtown. Going to the Boys Club and learning to swim there went to Hillside for 1 year before moving to Azusa. we sold my nanas home in about 1999. I still look it up on Google Earth I also remember going to confession at Sacred Heart..Wow so many memories and friends.

— Michelle
April 7, 2012 at 1:03 p.m.

i grew up in lincoln heights since the 1970's it was the bomb had alot of friends, lost connection with all my classmates from hillside elementary, nightingale, lincoln high i still think of all the good times how we took care of each other all the jokes laughs we all had growing up was tuff wish i can go back to those old good times i miss everyone my neighborhood was pasadena ave. next door to the boys club.

— percy
March 28, 2012 at 10:09 a.m.

i grew up in lincoln heights in the 80's ,kicked it up EASTLAKE and flat top ,whent to a lot of house partys and had a boat load of friends and still know a lot of people ,we are all familiar with the bad stoof in the heights,no need to mention it but i had a great time at lincoln heigh school and el sereno,had cool teachers in both places,and felt loke my teachers cared about me and my fellow students in general ,i would be rebelius just for the fun of being young and grouing up in the heights biut i would never raise kids there and would advise any to get out of the barrio if or when ever posible....

now i go there some times to cafe in the heights across from lincoln high school ,and taco gasho will re open soon,...but i hear teachers conversations ant the cafe and am sorry to hear how poorly they express themselves about students that attend lincoln high school.....these teers have a very low expectation of themselves and the student and dont thick very highly of the students ....

memo to young and old living in lincoln height ,dream big reach for the stars ,get out of the hood do good for yourselves ,come back and help chand in a positive way....

get rid of some of the loser teachers curently keeping you below an inteliget level

— louie
October 3, 2011 at 3:23 p.m.

All I got 2 say that anybody the lived in lincoln heights had a good one cause even do there was shooting and tje jack ur radio ones in a while there was more good things than bad I move 2 pico rivera and even do was nicer and more quiet wasn't the same I miss all the noice and all the people we grew up with I practicle new everybody the ice cream man los eloteros all of that is something that u can't take back even do I lost a few friends I miss all those good times running from police getting chase was a rush getting away was even a better feling MR BOMIK R-I-P miss u perrito HEVENZ RUTHKESS KING

June 27, 2011 at 5:13 p.m.

I grew up in lincoln heights and if I had the chance 2 change all that I wouldnt do it I love the heights I lived on darwin av went to albion nightingale and lincoln high play baseball at downey park my best frien was dako from ntp he's the one that thought me how to tag and started me in graffiti then he passed away adrian hernandez rip got my cusin bomik rip in to graffiti we use to walk all over the place just to catch a spot from av pasadena all the way 2 av figueroa an56 come back tru montecito hights go kicked at the river by the nightingale bright everyday just to mess around and get a spot those were the good old days peace to big wicks eral unik shortdog aimer faide chiko rip roley rip rail evol exel lostgirl and all the good homies big hard rolling kings1st love the heights never front

June 27, 2011 at 2:03 p.m.

Anyone know what happened to the Taco Bravo restaurant across the street from Lincoln HS? I've been going there since I was a kid, but have since moved to the High Desert. The other day, while I was in town, I headed over there for my nacho fix and it was closed. I guess I'll never have good nachos again. =(

— Mr. P
June 13, 2011 at 4:36 p.m.

Oh yeah, good ol' LHTS. Moved there but still attended my old school. My younger brothers and sisters attended Hillside, Nightingale and Lincoln High. I remember playing and coaching at the Boy's Club. I never gang banged nor was a tagger but almost got jumped by ES Clover on Humboldt because they thought I was crossing them out. I had to show them what I had written and that it was just some dumb music related stuff. Never wrote stuff on walls after that. Spent many hours at the library, parking my bike outside and not worrying about it being jacked. The Five Points surplus store, Taco Bravo, St Vincent Thrift store back when they had an entrance on Humboldt. The Goodwill and another small one across 23rd. I remember going to a party in Cypress Park and a bunch of CP gangstas shot by the Avenues in a drive-by. A bullet missing my friend's head by inches. But LHTS was a great place to grow up in and live. We knew all the neighbors and watched out for one another. I would take the bus on Figueroa and Ave 26 and just let it take me all over the city. Never, ever was able to make the bike ride up the hill on Broadway to Soto st. The new Skills Center had just been built. I remember there was a small club named The Copa where Soto and Huntington meet. I actually worked at Thrifty's as a teenager and served up alot of ice cream. I remember that one time, we were awaked by screams coming from this old lady's house and we rushed over there. She came out screaming that she woke up and there was a man standing above her in bed and that he took off out the window and over her back yard fence. This one older neighbor went in there and found nothing. Some other neighbor mentioned that the same thing had happened a couple blocks away. A few days later, we started hearing about Richard Ramirez.

When I'm in the area, I go out of my way and drive through. I see so many changes and start to tell my kids "I remember back when......" and they interrupt me, "Yes dad, you've told us before...."!

— Griffin
March 22, 2011 at 10:05 a.m.

Came from Chicago in 1986, with my recently divorced mother and my two younger brothers...Proud to be from Chicago, DA BEARS!!!, but even more proud of having been raised in the CHICANO town of LHTS, Go Tigers!!! Memories: Way to many, but in short, My uncle bringing ice cream that fell off the trucks at Swiss Miss Behind Downey Park, getting chased by the Brick City Boys as they tried to take our new bikes, playing little league at Lincoln Hts Rec and Boys and Girls Club, summers at Boys and Girls club: the bumper pool, swimming, basketball, swimming at Downey Park for 25 cents, going to Roosevelt High to swim for 50 cents cause they had a diving board and a deeper pool, climbing over the fence at Albion St elementary to play kick ball in the summer with all my cousins and neighborhood friends, tackle football at Downey Park with neigborhood friends and homies from ACP...Getting jumped at Tacos Michoacan by Vatos from Clover who were all high on crystal, even though we grew up with them and they knew that we didnt bang, but played ball...I lived on Avenida 18, Avenida 28 and Griffin and Avenida 26 right behind the Jack n the Box...Kicking it with my homie Jae, Chucky, Ulysses, Orlando, Caballo, and my Bro Fernie, Trips to HLP to get a big Gulp cause all we had in LHTS was the AM/PM but we preferred 7/11 and grabbing subs and pizza from Follieros on Figueroa and avenue 56, great times...Buying nachos at Lincoln and having a bunch of your buddies attack the nachos, leaving you with crumbs and cheese, we were all poor so it was expected...walking to nightingale through the bridge and watching gangs and tagging crews fight at the bridge after school...My buddy Santi and I going half on a hamburger special at Cypress Best, a buck fifty each, all in change that we found around the house..Happy Days...hide and seek, kick the can, and spin the bottle on the hill at ave 28...BOTTOM LINE IS THAT LINCOLN HEIGHTS WAS A GREAT TOWN TO LIVE IN AND I AM PROUD AND ALWAYS LET PEOPLE KNOW WHERE I AM FROM WHEN ASKED WHERE I GREW UP, I SAY..." IM ORIGINALLY FROM CHICAGO, BUT I GREW UP IN LINCOLN HEIGHTS...CULTURA...

— Rene Martinez
March 16, 2011 at 12:03 p.m.

Playing tee ball at Rose Hill park swimming at Downey park the boys club and birthday parties at Elysian park all nite cuz my mom would be all kool'd out with her friends.(moms was from clover) good memories!!! Then I joined a gang and it went all down hill from there!!!! But still here to share them with you after 5 gunshot wounds 4 prison terms and so many friends gone! I still cherish these memories and wouldn't trade them for anything else!!! Born in 1976

— Happy Valley raised!!!
March 10, 2011 at 12:20 a.m.

I grew up in Happy Valley right on the corner of Pomona st and Lincoln Park Ave. I have so many memories growing up burning the hills and watching the fire trucks come and turn off the fire, when everyone knew it was us kids. Going to the boys club during summer, playing bumper pool and swimming, Going to jacks pet shop across the street and having some ice cream at thriftys. Playing out on the street playing hide and go seek with all my friends until grandma yelled out my name to come inside. Was fortunate to meet my friend Ernie later became my best friend and passed away in 1993. I could go on and on with the memories I still live in Happy Valley and though times and faces have changed I still carry those memories with me!

— R.Martinez
March 10, 2011 at 12:02 a.m.

My Dad Marcelino had a barbershop on North Broadway and Griffin after World War II, across from Bi-Rite market. He bought it from a Mr. Gregory and had it until 1959, then we moved to San Dimas. There was a beauty shop in the back and also a bookie would hang out for a couple of years. We lived in El Sereno. My father loved going to work and had the greatest stories about his customers. In September, the boys from Cathedral were sent there for haircuts because their hair was too long. My Dad wanted me to shine shoes but I always resisted. I loved the smells. Henry Alfaro, the newscaster, told me that my Dad was the best.

— R Vera
March 7, 2011 at 10:13 p.m.

Lincoln Heights, Love it or Leave it, it's that simple....

Thanks for the comment Lincoln Heights lover...

— Mr. G...
March 7, 2011 at 9:22 a.m.

ive lived in lincoln heights for 21 years born and raised. im second generation in this neighborhood and yes theres gangs drugs and violence but theres also the good. ive never gotten into any problems and yes i have seen crucial situations. its not up to ur neightborhood to decide what path ur gonna take its up to u to decide what u want for urself. lincoln heights is a friendly neighborhood if u stay out of problems we have various schools, public parks, fast food places, fashion stores, senior centers, lac-usc county hospital and senior homes. and to all of u who say living here never takes u anywhere ur wrong!! one of the judges in california supreme court actually gratuated from lincoln high school!!.. so stay in the right path and lincoln heights can be a pretty, small, freindly neightborhood. and for the graffiti we have lincoln heights cleaning team and they make sure our neightborhood looks great by cleaning it everyday..! thanks..i love lincoln heights and so do many people and if u dont like lincoln heights so what! maybe u just dont fit in! and the neighborhoods around here are just about the same! bye people!

— lincoln heights lover
February 16, 2011 at 10:50 p.m.

getting better" have u seen the graffiti know. it got worse"

— rosehills90032
January 9, 2011 at 5:27 p.m.

Lincoln Heights is the place you want to be and live and it just gettin better. Alley Cat Kings

— AlleyCatKings
January 9, 2011 at 4:41 p.m.

Happy New Year!!!

Lincoln Heights is second to NONE...

Here's to a new and better year...

— Mr. G...
January 1, 2011 at 9:41 a.m.

Hey every one..In case you didn’t know it ..There’re is a place called “café in the heights”

Free wi fi ….some times the music sucks..But if you can get past it , you will be glad to be there …or be square

Rite a cross the street from Lincoln high school…sells some excellent coffee…and they also make some above average sandwiches…

Comedy review at café in the heights. January 7th..

In the mess hall behind the coffee bar..

— luisjimenez
December 17, 2010 at 2:14 p.m.

Hey every one..In case you didn’t know it ..There’re is a place called “café in the heights”

Free wi fi ….some times the music sucks..But if you can get past it , you will be glad to be there …or be square

Rite a cross the street from Lincoln high school…sells some excellent coffee…and they also make some above average sandwiches…

Comedy review at café in the heights. January 7th..

In the mess hall behind the coffee bar..

— luis jimenez
December 17, 2010 at 2:13 p.m.

Im 17 currently living in HLP but i lived in Lincoln Heights last year and been living there since 2000 when i came from Mexico. It can be a good place ...yet since i was small i have mostly seen violence from gangs.. Different Ethnicities which is great..mostly Latinos and Chinese.. A lot of graffiti and trouble makers...I dont like it is the same as HLP,HAZARD,EL SERENO,BOYLEHEIGHTS and most of east LA is the same..I would rather live in areas like Eagle Rock...

— Jesus Ruiz
December 7, 2010 at 5:41 p.m.

Welcome home Marine...job well done...

Enjoy the time with your family and friends...OORAH!

— Mr. G...
December 4, 2010 at 7:22 a.m.

Made it back safe from speicher, iraq and currently stationed in schofield barracks, hawaii will be PCSing to Fort bragg, north carolina. I will be taking a 30 day leave starting on the 14 dec 2010 next stop lincoln heights. Can't wait to eat some tacos and tostadas at rose hill park every sunday and kick it with mi familia and gente de san juan de abajo, nayarit .

— Jose(6)rivera
November 28, 2010 at 10:50 p.m.

Is it C.C.? or SISSY?

— Just Saying
November 8, 2010 at 11:31 a.m.

i notice there is a lot more graffiti in lincoln hts. rosehill 90032 none"

— rosehill 90032
October 28, 2010 at 3:47 p.m.

I was born and raised in E Ave 28 Lincoln Heights. I witnessed the good and bad. When I was young Eave 28 was a little of every race. Intil the family Sanchez moved from Clifton to E Ave 28 then it started getting bad.. I missed my old friends who's parents desided to move out. Right around early 90's the orange gang became drug dealers and everything went south..I miss the good times!! Playing football outside with some of the older guys who lived there..

— C.C.
October 28, 2010 at 10:49 a.m.

I have lived about a 1 1/2 in lincoln heights and never ran into any problems I love my home ...

— LiLy
October 4, 2010 at 3:25 a.m.

I think Lincoln heights is .........

But i heard from my teacher that they were on strike outside la times cause i forgot what my teacher said but it wrong what they are doing to the teachers

— HiHi
September 21, 2010 at 10:32 p.m.

I am 18 years old and live in Lincoln Heights. I went to Nightingale, then Lincoln and am currently enrolled in my first year of college. I love hearing stories of the way Lincoln Heights used to be. It seemed like such a fun, friendly, cultured environment. I guess gangs and violence do ruin everything. =/

— Victoria U.
September 8, 2010 at 10:50 p.m.

it was the best

— donnie everheart
August 31, 2010 at 8:18 a.m.

Wow what a great time I had reading all of these story of the old hood, so let's see my dad and mom bought there home back in 1967/68 on sichel st down from main, and just like every one of the people that had put down on this web page there story,I have so much to say . Now don't be a hater, but on our block calle sichel st locos we have seen many of our friends never having the chance to grow old and tell there story.

First there was Mario,my best and only freind that passed,and Ruben ,augie,Cesar Ernie,nino,coco,John,all in this small block and all have died because of what was around our streets,

Did we have good times yes.

Like many of the people my parents still live here and will never move out. And some of my old friends also still live here.

There is somting about the heights that in the 70,s 80 that's was very cool to live......well I have been given the best gift that one can have. That is being able to work at what you love. I work in the media, Growing up in this place has given me soom great story and I plan on telling them and it's all about Lincoln heights and the people that we laugh and cryied with.

One last word, if you have any cool story and fill that you can help in any way with this project give me a email

— Jaime r mejia
August 20, 2010 at 2:14 a.m.

Happy Valley ! A place called home in the 60's and 70's early 8o's until my Grandparents pass on..

Had great times there.

Will forever and ever miss those times.

August 17, 2010 at 7:37 p.m.

I am a product of my environment and I love where I came from because Lincoln Heights has taught me well. I went to Hillside, Nightingale and then to Cathedral and I am now a senior at UCLA hoping to come back to my community and give back to it. I still live here, I've moved around about 5 times all in Lincoln Heights and will probably stay here for the rest of my life. I know its not as safe or nice looking as I have heard it used to be, but I hope to change that and bring it back to the great place it used to be.

— Sal B.
July 27, 2010 at 5:37 p.m.

LA 213 OG Baby!

Born and raised....

Darwin/Workman from 1969 to 1988!

I still patrol my Hood every weekend, make sure all is cool.

— VaVoom
July 8, 2010 at 8:53 a.m.

What made Lincoln Heights the best place to live in the 50's and 60's was the small town atmosphere. It was like living in Mayberry USA-- Mexican style with some Italians in the mix. During that time, renters and owners took pride in keeping their homes and front lawns green and trimmed. Homes, cottages and apartments were painted in basic color tones. Now when I drive through, I see a deterioration in the upkeep and outlandish colors on these dwellings. During the time that I attended Lincoln High School, I had very dedicated teachers. Unfortunately, I don't think the same quality of education is demonstrated in the public school system today. Lincoln Park was a favorite for me and my sisters and our parents-papi and momi.

— Ms. B of Orange County
June 26, 2010 at 1:18 a.m.

I love, the nitty-gritty


— Mr. G...
June 20, 2010 at 6:53 p.m.

born and raised in happy valley for 20 years and still a proud resident. Lincoln park ave and pampna street. Most people say we are considerd monecito heights but it's not true. 90031 area code is Lincoln heights.. I won't lie there's gang vilonce up the a$$ .. It's still a dope ass place to be.. D.c's are the people to no...

— Julian
April 27, 2010 at 8:54 p.m.

after all these years,still i live on raynol (HappyValley/RoseHills)

— big blue
April 24, 2010 at 11:21 p.m.

Mr. G....i remember all that u u remember when Castillo's Den was De Barrys ?

— Someone Who Remembers
April 23, 2010 at 12:20 a.m.

I grew up on Sichel Street across from Griffin Avenue Elementary School. One Christmas my sister, Maureen, and I got roller skates. We had looked at our Christmas presents early and were very excited about the skates. We tried them on early. On Christmas day we did not deserve an Academy Award for acting surprised.

We went outside and learned to skate. Speaking for myself, I fell on every part of my body. I bruised my elbows, knees and butt. I am sure my sister got just as sore as me. But we always got back up and skated. Next door the Villanuevas got skates too. Our street had some skating kids. The Villanuevas also got a Pogo Stick too. It was orange. They pretended it fell off a delivery truck. Maybe it really did fall off a truck. Maybe I was there when it fell off the truck. Anyway, we looked at it and thought it would be easy and so we decided it was stupid. Most of us could not last more than 3 bounces on that thing. OMG that was so funny. I think Ernesto got pretty good with it though and could bounce away.

By the time we got to junior high, Nightingale, I don't know if we skated outside so much anymore. I do remember going to a roller rink and there were plenty of kids our age there skating. I remember Stella Vaqzuez used to go to the roller rink too. (Hi Stella!) Sometimes the DJ played songs for couples, for backwards skating or for fast backwards skating. I tried but could never figure out how to backwards-skate.

One of my biggest regrets of my growing up years is that I did not drink any of the aquas-fresca that my friend Stella's Mom used to make. She always had pitchers of the stuff at home and I never drank any that was offererd. I thought it was old lady stuff. I drank Hawaiian Punch and soda instead. These days whenever I am in a restaurant with aquas-fresca and order an horchata I offer a prayer of regret to Stells's Mom and apologize for being such an idiot as a kid.

I cannot write about my Lincoln Heights without saying hi to Irene. (Hey Irene!) We met in 3rd grade or so and are still friends. By 6th grade we had become Beatles fans and that love never ended. In the early years we had to borrow whatever albums Lincoln Heights library had and keep them checked out. They had The Beatles Second Album and Yellow Sumbarine, Help and Hard Days Night. They may have had Rubber Soul. It took us years to learn The Beatles music but we learned it. One time we watched some Beatles video clips where one of the Beatles says "You can take a lad out of Liverpool but you can't take Liverpool out of a lad." So we started saying that about Lincoln Heights. "You can take a girl out of Lincoln Heights but you can't take the Lincoln Heights out of a girl."

— Laurie Castro
April 13, 2010 at 12:05 a.m.


Thank you for your service and for proudly representing Lincoln Heights...

God speed, come home safe.

USMC 87/91


— Mr. G...
April 2, 2010 at 7:32 a.m.

We landed Lincoln Heights in 1963 then move to Cypress Park in 1966 i to went to Aragon ave Nightingale, and graduated from Lincoln class of 77, we to remember all those places in lincoln heights la casa del mexicano, ,big saver, la chapalita to Jose stationed in Iraq Iwas born in San Juan de Abajo ,Nayarit ,proud to be a KORA could we be related

— carmen
April 1, 2010 at 10:20 p.m.


FYI: Alice is in cypress pk.

Not in the HTS!!!

— Mr. Lincoln
March 27, 2010 at 8:52 a.m.

Does anyone remember the Arellano brothers who lived on Alice? Trying to contact them for a familia reunion.

— Rick
March 24, 2010 at 9:06 a.m.

Currently I'm deployed in iraq I miss lincoln heights very much can't wait to return and cruise the barrio, then every sunday hang out at rose hill park with my raza from san juan de abajo/el colomo, Nayarit to include raza from Las Palmas, Jalisco. Hit up King taco, dino's, michoacan, chapalita, and 7 mares as for now I'll keep on eating MRE's and continue having daydreams/flashback of LHTS

— JOSE (6)
March 23, 2010 at 7:09 p.m.

Lincoln Heights, is considered and refered to as the EastSide due to it's known location's such as EastLa plaza, East Los Angeles Park, East Side Park, And ELA park, and also because It use to be the EastSide of Downtown Los Angeles parts of the city.My great grandmother owned a store on 18st and main by the East La river Streets.on an East L.a community with other known sites like East Los Angeles Skill Center,and the EastLa Winery, and EastL.a winery, to the EastSide Brewary which can be seen on the over pass freeway going on to Echo Park.

— Patrico Sentena
March 16, 2010 at 11:28 p.m.

I have lived in Lincoln Heights since 1982.I reside in the Valley of Happiness.I started at Glen Alta. Which had the best teacher ever, Mr. Clark! My local hang outs were Pete's Patio,Taco Bravo,and La Morenita. Shopping at Nationals, Freidens, and St. Vincent de Paul's Society. My mother worked there for over 30 years. I can still walk in there, and many of the same employees are still there...Plus I still get her discount :)

Lincoln Park..EL Parque es mi sala publica! I am rich in Lincoln Heights.. My town's History and the memories here are PRICELESS...

— Nombre Ta Loca
March 5, 2010 at 7:36 p.m.

Loved reading the last few comments. You're right, there is still some of the Italian influence in LH. St. Peter church in Chinatown (just so. of LH) still has an active Italian community. In fact, there are many churches in Lincoln Heights that are considered true gems. And two of them are Catholic. I drive by whenever I get a chance. I see that the area is slowly becoming gentrified.

— Angelica Morones (Serrano)
March 5, 2010 at 10:31 a.m.

"What does Lincoln Heights mean to me" Everything! It was great growing up where I was born, in a neighorhood of wonderful friends and good people. I attended Griffin, Nightingale and Lincoln. Like Andrew Gonzales I remember the San Carlos, Starland and Highland Theatres. Watched the Lincoln Park 4th of July firworks from our front porch. The Roller Rink, Alligator Farm, Ostrich Farm and Zoo by the park. Married the boy I met at LHS 60 years ago. Took the Red Car, Yellow Str.Car downtown and bus to Nigthingale, unless they were on strike, then we walked. Ptomaine Tommy's on Broadway and the BEST tacos stands anywhere around. You needed to go nowhere else we had everything right here. Diversity we had it too. Yes, some wrongs in society are better but, nothing will ever beat the people and friends and experiences I had growing up in Lincoln Heights. I say thank you to all of you who reminded me of how it was. I just wish that Councilman Reyes would give needed attention to Lincoln Heights, the park could use it as I am sure could some other areas of the neighborhood. The Library is a gem. There are other gems (Episcopal Church) that need to be restored, school and athletic programs that could use help. We need to remind people about Lincoln Heights and its importance and history.

And HI to you Andrew Gonzales. I lived on Johnstone Street by Main. I wonder if we attended Griffin Ave. at the same time. Did you know Connie Avila.

I graduated from LHS in W'52 do you remember when we graduated twice a year Winter and Summer?

Pat Higgins

— Pat Higgins
March 4, 2010 at 6:44 p.m.

I grew up with 4 siblings, mom and dad on Gates Street, 1/2 block from Main. It was the busiest of streets as the "other" five-point intersection ...where Gates, Valley, Main and Mission intersect....that didnt stop us from playing ball in the street. The people in the incoming cars knew they were entering a real neighborhood when they saw all us kids!

My Aunt and Uncle owned the Jalisco Bakery on Main.......the fresh food..menudo, tortillas, pan dulce, carnitas......oh my! My entire family attended Lincoln HS and we all went to Gates.....although my youngest sister and I went to parents stayed there for many years after we all left home.......I loved everything about the old neighborhood in the 60's and 70's........a REAL neighborhood! From Lincoln park to Downey Park....from San Antonio Winery to Lincoln High.....the culture I learned from the Old Italians.....Bocci ball at the park....making wine at home.....cribbage games under the patio cover by the gym at Lincoln in the gym til 10pm....pastramis at Pax...the bowling alley on Broadway....the library on Alta.....Sacred Heart Church...the boats on the lake.....the July 4th celebrations....the great schools...too much to list here.....what a place!!

I wish we could go back in time.....those were the a very nice place.

— Steve Serrano
March 4, 2010 at 3:05 p.m.

I just purchased my first home and its in Lincoln Heights. I live right next to Our Lady Help of Christians and I love the people. Its sooo good to hear all the great things that LH once was and its potential for great things to be. However, I too am concerned that our councilman Ed Reyes appears to have neglected this wonderful city. Oh well, viva Lincoln Heights!!!

— Victor Paul Cruz
February 22, 2010 at 7:34 p.m.

Grew up in Lincoln Heights (Happy Valley Area),lived in Sierra Street went to Glen Alta, Played baseball at Rosehill park continue playing in Lincoln Park...Highlight of growing up was learning the real life style with my 2 brothers,and sister.Memories will never go away..Eventually move to El Sereno.

— Ramon Avalos Jr.
February 19, 2010 at 8:37 a.m.

I grew up in LHTS during the mid fifties through the sixties. I attended Gates ST ES, Hillside ES, Nightingale and graduated from LHS. We lived in an old mansion on Mission Ave. where the Macy's Warehouse is currently. I was told that the home was built by a silent movie producer/director but I could never find out anything else. The I remember the zoo at Lincoln Park, the rides and the Red Car. We also lived at the top of Eastlake and on Griffin Ave. near Ave 34. While a student at LHS, walking to Foster's Freeze was the thing to do. I also spent many summers swimming at the Boys Club. At that time, girls were not allowed in the game room but could use the pool. Also during the fifties the community was very Italian and I remember the delicious odors of the food and wine coming from some the homes. I remember the Star Land Theater, Jalisco Panaderia and the beautiful library. It was a great time and I am glad that I had the opportunity to live in a big city with a small town atmosphere.

February 18, 2010 at 4:20 p.m.

Lincoln Heights, for four generations of my family has been a home and a heaven on earth for me. I can walk down its'streets without having to worry about anybody jacking me. I love both the cool and hot summer nights in the heights with views of the Downtown skyline and Dodger stadium. It is a neighborhood rich with l.a. history,nature and decent places to eat. Come take a walk down North Broadway and soak up the vibe!

— Sergio Vizcarra
February 12, 2010 at 11:18 a.m.

Grew up on Ave 28 at the top. Went to Hillside Elemt. then to Nightingale and of course ending at Lincoln. LHTS is a community of rich history. Yes, I do remember the 25 cents ice cream at Thrifty's, my favorite, rainbow. However, my greatest memmories were while attending Lincoln; being part of the marching band, school politics, school newspaper, and theatre. Another coo thing about LHTS its the Victorian Homes. Preserve them!

— Juan Carlos Lopez
February 9, 2010 at 12:21 p.m.

What an amazing neighborhood. I'd drive all the way in from Burbank for the great tacos and burritos at El Loco. About 12 years ago I shot some really touching video of my late friend Joe Chico as he provided a tour of his home turf. Along the way, he stopped to chat with some of his now-grown-up "homeys" .

His mission was to create a video that would encourage young boys and girls to avoid the gang life that he barely survived.

At age 15, rival gang members shot and crippled "Jo Jo" in a drive-by assault in front of his neighbor's house.

My friend passed away a couple of years ago -- before we could finish the film.

Now, with the help of his friends and family members, I'm completing the film -- along with updates of some of the friends Joe introduced me to in the original video footage.

I know there were people out there who Joe helped. If only I could find them today -- as well as anyone else who knew my friend.

Don Ray

— Don Ray
January 30, 2010 at 7:08 a.m.

Lincoln Heights, where my grandma and grandpa lived, what memories I have of Thomas St. She lived 2 blocks up from Lincoln Park, we fished there when we were kids, the carosel, the plunge, best of all sitting on my grandmas porch onthe couch. We could see the lights of Dodger Stadium from the yard. Great stuff for a young kid. Drove thru the recently and wow what changes.

— Camila Medina
January 28, 2010 at 7:58 p.m.

"WOW" memories of LHTS, I lived there for 30 years, moved to AZ four years ago and I miss LHTS much more than I thought I would. Graduated from Lincoln in 86. I worked in the Adult School for about 12 years, met 100s of people from the community. Missed walking home from school, stopping at KFC, Carnitas Michoacan on Ave 19 and Broadway and eating their Nachos especiales. Lincoln Park, Downey Park. I lived on Ave 18. The best memories in my life are from LHTS

— SC
January 26, 2010 at 8:39 p.m.

Lincoln Heights, the home of the Sanchez Family, thugs selling drugs. Ed Reyes' second family. Lincoln Heights has much potential, but politicians like Reyes & Villaraigosa could care less for this Latino rich community.

— J. Daniels
January 25, 2010 at 10:35 p.m.

I grew up in Happy Valley,went to Glen Alta,Lincoln.Played football,baseball.Played baseball at Rose Hills,Lincoln Park,and Downey Gremlins for "Chuy"Peinado,coach Farias at Lincoln and went shopping at Frieden's,Troy's pastrami's,4 milpas and the bowling alley.Disco parties at the Salon Broadway too.I would'nt change it for the times of my life....

— Rudy Castiilo
January 25, 2010 at 9:15 p.m.

Wow, it is nice to know so many people share the love for LHts! Someone posted a comment about La Fortuna Market when King owned it, and it brought back so many memories. I remember I used to rush after school to play Street Fighter there. lol.

— Sal
January 19, 2010 at 7:07 p.m.

Albion St. School. Our Lady Help of Christian, Sacred Heart H.S. , and Lincoln H.S. The shops at Broadway. La Morenita, La Chapalita (still there). Las 4 Milpas, almost forgot about it. Vintage stores; Goodwill, St. Vincent's. La Quebradita Market, rail road tracks, the lunch trucks outside goodwill. Thrifty, the Asian fish markets, Phoenix Bakery, Ping's Cafe, Safeway, and an old, old building where Broadway and Spring St. meet, just before going to Chinatown. Yeah, I do remember Lincoln Heights. It really bounced back. In fact, it's getting gentrified.

— Elsie
January 15, 2010 at 1:46 p.m.

Lincoln Heights is such a special, magical place. My husband, young daughter, and I moved here one year ago, and the beautiful, diverse climate reinsures us that this is a wonderful neighborhood to raise kids. I am a teacher and am very impressed with the schools in the area. We take long walks and check out all of the gardens. We talk with the neighbors and share gardening tips. We have a winter garden currently and are growing lettuce, cabbage, onions, and radishes. My husband and daughter enjoy the local taco stands; they savor the buche, lengua, and tripas. We love taking drives to Flattop and enjoying the most gorgeous views of downtown L.A. We buy really inexpensive, good quality diapers, candies, and clothes at the Party Store on Pasadena. The carnitas sopes at King Taco are the bomb! Don't forget to stop by La Naranja and get the scrumptious chorizo tacos as well. This area has become a really fun,delicious town. I often talk with my grandma, who grew up in the area, and her grandparents were buried at the East LA cemetary. She says she would have the best time of her life in LH over 80 years ago. She enjoyed the ostrich and alligator farms, and she loved the park. It is neat knowing that four generations of our family are from these streets.

— Lily G.
December 31, 2009 at 6:18 p.m.

The plunge at Downey park.. ohh the chlorine smell, 5 cent cones at Thrifty, Back then it was Las4 milpas on Griffin and Broadway.

I was an 9 year old immigrant from Colombia, no other Colombians around, had to assimilate twice. Scared as hell but also astonished. Moved every year it seemed.

Ave 21 1964

Manitou 1965

Griffin and Broadway 1966-67

The Highlands - El Sereno 1968 69 Best summers ever as a kid.. I better stop .

My father still lives at the top of Eastlake, it will always be his home. I have moved inland but I visit regularly

— Carlos
December 27, 2009 at 7:08 a.m.

Wow... I just scrolled down everyone's postings, and I have tears in my eyes... I truly miss LA sometimes; I joined the Army and have been on active duty for 16 years. Prior to this wonderful adventure, I spent 17 years of my life in the Lincoln Heights world! Griffin, Nightngale, LHS. I lived in different areas around LHTS - Griffin & Darwin; Main St; Sichel St; and Prewett - up by FlatTop! That was my favorite! I could look out my bedroom window and gaze upon the downtown skyline - the best was after it rained and it was a clear night! Dino's for Burgers and King Taco, Carnitas Michoacan, Chapalita's or Fanny's Tortas for tacos, nachos and tortas! Thank you all for taking me back home ~ Currently stationed in Germany now - a different world! I can say I don't regret the last 16 years of my life - it has given me perspective; I have accomplished a lot while on Active Duty, to include a Master's Degree. I hope to one day go back to the area to give back to the kids growing up there now.

— Angie
December 9, 2009 at 4:17 a.m.

I grew up in Lincoln Heights and my mother still lives there. I LOVE IT THERE! Don't let these Y2K stats fool you, Lincoln Heights is on its way to a revival. The gays are moving in and cleaning it up a bit - and you know what that means. Yay, higher property values! Adam y Steve, bienvenidos a Lincoln heights!

— Mavi Llamas
December 1, 2009 at 10:01 a.m.

I lived in El Sereno in the '70s &'80s but went to Glen Alta in Happy Valley. That was the best school, I have so many happy memories...Coincidently one of my favorite teachers' son is now a teacher who works with me in Eagle Rock. I am now a school librarian who works hard to get my students excited about reading!

— Andrea Garcia
November 27, 2009 at 6:28 p.m.

Carnitas Michuacan and Altacor!!!! I am a Marine and every time I am out of country, I can't wait to go back and have a late night Burro with the guys there. The flavors, sounds and sights of LHTS makes it one of the best places in the world to be.

— Ramon
November 22, 2009 at 4:42 a.m.

I grew up in Lincoln Heights..........

Great plce to live early 70's 80's.....

But now too many influences from without have rotted out the main purposed of this good neighborhood...

We need to get back to basics.....[1]. watch out for one another, [2]. but respect privacy....

Our kids here need to know and respect these principles......we need to help them grow spiritually, socially, financially.....


— Jose Diaz
November 21, 2009 at 2:38 p.m.

lincolnnn heightss myy homee.!

bornn andd raiseddd<3;

happyyvalleyy specificalyy.

considerr itt LH not MH

at theee mommentt nott livingg theree :|

buhh wishingg soo badlyy too movee backk.

tooo manyy goodd memoriess.!

playingg outt lateee..

nott worryingg boutt anythinggg.

juss havingg funn withh friendsss...

— deedee
November 12, 2009 at 7:20 p.m.

Pastrami at Pax. Tacos at Corinas. Green chili burrito and a coke for 75cents across from LHS. Fishing at Lincoln Park.

— Boyd Zumwalt
November 6, 2009 at 8:26 a.m.

Ave 35 and Griffin sitting in the stairway at Fortuna Market when the owner king owned it, always getting kicked out for punching the arcade game for taking my quarter.hahaha this was back in the late 80's . Went to Night-In-Jail jr. (GREEN) also good memories were Walking through the L.A river to Highland park pool & Highland theatre when dollar days were still around..

— Ricardo
October 31, 2009 at 10:48 a.m.


— Mr. G...
October 30, 2009 at 7:31 a.m.


October 26, 2009 at 5:42 p.m.

I grew up in Lincoln Hts (parents still live there), I attended Sacred Heart El and Bravo HS. Lincoln Hts has changed so much I remember growing up going to Thrifty, the carnivals behind National(now 99cents) I'm always proud to say where I came from since I've gone to college and currently attending med school.

— Danielle
October 24, 2009 at 1:02 a.m.

I lived in LHTS on Griffin Ave by Main Street in the 30's and 40's. Anyone out there as old as me???? I went to Griffin Ave, Nightingale, & Lincoln High. I also have great memories. Happy Valley, Flat Top selling papers at 5 points at Thrifty and delivered prescriptions at McKay & Monkman Drug Store on Daly and Broadway. Went to Starland & San Carlos Theaters. Anyone there at this time? Love to hear from you

— Andrew Gonzales
September 11, 2009 at 2:38 p.m.

I spent a part of my childhood of the late 70s and early 80's, in lincoln hts. I fondly remember living on manitou st. and looking up towards dodger stadium,I use to go to thiftys for the ice cream, i remember going to the toy store that was next to the bank on broadway, My favorite part of lincoln hts. was going to the library by thriftys and roll down the little hill and playing with my sister on the library lawn. I went to lincoln high school, i also lived on griffin ave and remember going to big buy supermarket on broadway and griffin, funny story when I was little living on griffin ave. we were the only mexican family living in an asian apt. complex . my parents did not speak there language and they did not speak english or spanish. our asian neighbors would always invite us for dinner at there home. we became great friends with all our asians neighbors. now, I live in san antonio,tx and plan to move back to lincoln hts. once I graduate from college.

— victoriano farias
September 8, 2009 at 12:05 a.m.

Went to Glen Alta, Gates St. Elementary, then bused to Mount Gleason, then ended up at Lincoln High School. Remember rising very early each day to make it to the bus stop., sometimes hiding behind bushes to "miss" the bus, as we would later tell our mom. Remember the rides back with friends, laughing, giggling, all with music blaring from the bus speakers. Remember my "best" friends from elementary, junior high (as it was called back then" and then high school. All of my brothers and sisters attended gates, mount gleason and lincoln. Now a mother, my girls have attended the same schools I did, with my oldest graduating from Lincoln High. Our friends, our memories all have been created here. All very fond memories.

— Betty
September 1, 2009 at 9:11 a.m.

I grew up in LHTS went to Gates elementry was bused to Mt gleason Jr High in Tujunga when la unified wanted to integrate, came back and went to Lincoln. I played football and baseball with green tennis balls on Hancock and eastlake north of Broadway. Learned to swim at The boys club went hiking in montecito hills and played in the arroyo seco creek. In highschool we partied at Flatop and cruised the lake at Elysian park. Went to the races on Friday nights in front of the old Marine Corps reserve near doger stadium.

I now live in El Sereno on the border with Alhambra. I came back to work in the Neiborhood at Goodwill industries near the old jail in the accounting dept. When at work on a clear day from the 3rd floor my memories all come back as I have a clear view to Flat Top and the Radio towers.

M Rojas LHS classs of 82

— Mario R
August 27, 2009 at 10:34 p.m.

Luis, its good to hear from someone who shares the same fond memories...

I too went to Gates and Lincoln but for Jr. High I went to Nightingale.

I just so happens I grew up on Gates st.

Do you remember (GSP)???

The Gates Street Peewees. LOL

— Mr. G...
August 25, 2009 at 8:15 p.m.

I grew up in Lincoln Heights, attended Hillside Elementary, Nightingale and Lincoln H.S. My parents still live there and I find myself there often eating at King Taco shopping at Big Savers. We had movies filmed on our street like "Panther" and a few of our local friends were in the movie at the very end. A lot of fond memories.

— Denise P.
August 25, 2009 at 4:06 p.m.

my best memories are from the 1980's from albion St school.nightingale Jr high ,to Lincoln High ,boys club,thrify ice cream ,the surplus .My family first move to the neigborhood in 1948 I left in 1989 ,back one year in 2007,licoln heights will always be in my heart .class of 88

— cesar morales
August 25, 2009 at 8:39 a.m.

Lived on Gates Street a block from Lincoln Park. Learned to play baseball and football in the streets and in the park near the old Boathouse...when it was still a boathouse. Learned to swim at the park's pool and grabbed the brass ring many times at the original Lincoln Park carousel. Went to Gates Elementary and Lincoln High School when it enrolled 7th and 8th graders.

Joined Boy Scouts Troop 303 and loved the movies at the old Starlight Theater on a clothing store. Went to school with Steve Salas, the lead singer for Tierra. Moved away in 1965. Graduated from San Gabriel HS

in 1969. Went to ELAC...transfered to

U.C. Berkeley in '71. Went to Hastings Law School in San Francisco in the late '70s. And stayed in San Francisco.

Married a chicana from Gardena and living happily in San Francisco....but I visit the old neighborhood every chance I get. I'll always remember what a great and adventurous childhood I had there.

— Jose
August 24, 2009 at 11:14 p.m.

Hey mr G, i remember the Aroma and Catillos den and I boxed at the old jail,kiked it at flat top, LHTS rec,up Eastlake went to the hapening house partys,played a lot of street foot ball,cruised at Elysian pk and made life long friends.Went to Gates,El Sereno and Lincoln High School and basicly made use of all the local resorces [memories!!!!] ha ha ha oh what a time we had aaay? litle did we know the 80s in LHTS would linger in our thougts decades later ...#99

— luis jimenez
August 24, 2009 at 9:52 a.m.

I moved to Lincoln Heights in 1948 from Houston, Texas because my father had passed away and I came to live with my aunt on Manitou St.. I only lived there for a too short while but I remember my impression of the area. The first morning I walked outside of the small apt., that was my aunt's house, I looked up and saw the mountains with a snow cap looming above the town. They looked close enough to touch and I was so impressed with the beauty of it all.

I went to Lincoln H.S. for one semester and as it turned out, this was to be the only high school education I received as a boy. I was too much for for my aunt so I had to return to Tx. but in the short time I was there I really immersed myself into the daily life of Lincoln Heights. I sold newspapers at the corner of North Broadway and Daly St. in front of a Dollar Store and played baseball at the local park on Daly & Manitou st.. The 9 car trolly traveled down Broadway all the way from downtown the neighborhood.For a boy from Texas, it was another world. The sights and sounds and different odors from the pastrami and hot dog stands up on Daly st going towards 5 points are still fresh in my mind. Also the girl I left behind who went to Sacred Heart H.S.just up the block. That short time in Lincoln Heights became the best memory of my short childhood.

Rudy a.k.a. (Tex) Ruiz

— rudy
August 23, 2009 at 12:10 p.m.

Who remembers,

The Aroma?

Castillos Den?

Flat Top?

Kicking it at the Lhts Playground

or Eastlake Park?

— Mr. G...
August 18, 2009 at 10:55 a.m.

Lincoln Heights is where I'm proud to say I'm from.I went to Gates St.,Nightingale and Lincoln H.S.I lived rite on Broadway&EASTLAKE.flat top was the spot ,just being up there looking down at the city. General Hospital in front the downtown skyline to the middle and Dodger Stadium to the right wow! I'm missing my neighborhood as I remisce theres no other like it in the city best one by far not to mention all the movies filmed there....I now live in Oklahoma not to much to look at....O'l well I lived thru it 1973-1991

— Donnie Everheart
August 18, 2009 at 3:15 a.m.

Patricia - thank you for the trip down memory lane.

I,too went to Gates Elementary, as did my mother.

We too would go to Thrifty's, and the library, as well.

Another thing I would add, was taking the street car to downtown.

— DeDe
August 17, 2009 at 4:40 p.m.

I grew up in Happy Valley, which I concider to be Lincoln Heights, Not Monticito Heights. Things I remember about Lincoln Heights.

Playing in the streets with your group of friends & not not having to worry that someone was going to kidnap you. Having to be home before the street lights came on. Riding my bike with my friends in the L.A. River. Learning to swim at the pool at Downey Park before going to the big pool at Lincoln Park. Partying at flat top, then having the cops come with the helicopter to kick you off the hill.

The Boys club, Lincoln Park cinco de mayo concerts. The neighborhood football games on Thanksgiving day.

walking home from school, pop-warner football. House parties.

— Richard Hernandez Lincoln class of 88
August 15, 2009 at 1:33 p.m.

******* NO 710 FREEWAY TUNNEL *******

A 710 -Coalition Meeting will be held on

Saturday, August 29th at 10:30a.m. at 3750 N. Verdugo Road, Glassel Park CA 90065 (Glassel Park Community Center)

The community is concerned with the effects the proposed 710 freeway extension will have on the comunities of North-East Los Angeles- (El Sereno , Cypress Park, Mt Washington, Glasell Park, Montecito Heights, Lincoln Heights, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Eoch Park) and the adjacent cities- Glendale, La Canada Flintridge, South Pasadena, Pasadena

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— Rafael
August 13, 2009 at 4:10 p.m.

The Memories,

Boxing at the Old Jail...

Pop Warner Football...

Little League Baseball @ Lincoln Park...

The Parade down Broadway...

The cave @ Flattop...

Water Polo @ the Boys Club...

The Haunted House on Gates St....

The Everlasting Friendships.

— Mr. G...
August 13, 2009 at 2:45 p.m.

Lincoln Heights is where I grew up and where my parents still live. I close my eyes and know it like the back of my hand. I attended Gates St. Elementary, Nightingale Jr. High School and Lincoln High School. I later attended the Claremont Colleges and UCLA Law School. I remember MANY pleasant afternoons spent at the Lincoln Hts. Library, consulting librarian "Miss Erickson." She had a huge impact on my love of reading and I read every book she recommended to me. 44 years after first meeting her, I still remember her with the greatest of clarity. I loved eating sundaes at Thrifty's lunch counter and 5-15 cent ice cream cones sold at the front ice cream counter. This was a special treat for me, after a long swim on summer mornings at the Boys Club, which was across the street (was it Pasadena Ave.?) As I got older, I'd pick up HUGE bags of Doritos and cokes at Thrifty , sit on the front lawn of the Lincoln Hts. Library and talk about future college strategy with my friends, Mirna Beltran and Maureen Castro. Where would we go? Who would we become? We separated our different ways in search of these answers. Mirna went to Boston College, Maureen attended University of San Francisco. We've now gone our separate ways. College morphed me in a most positive way - very small classes, which offered lots of professorial contact ... lots of work, papers, tests, additional writing. Not to be compared with large classrooms taught by a teaching assistant. Worth every penny of my student loans. Law school, way different. Ultra competitive, few minorities, many coming from families (hell, GENERATIONS) of lawyers. Made it through, found a job which I still love. Originally thought of joining the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office ... until I was suffered 4 car burglaries my parents' home ... following that, I decided to apply and was hired by the L.A. County D.A.'s Office. I now understand that we are the TRUE public defenders of our people. Lincoln Heights was my backdrop, my frame of reference. From this area, I draw enormous knowledge and understanding invaluable to my position as a Deputy D.A., not to be taught and learned in a regular law school class room. It is my advantage. It still is and always will be.

— Patricia
August 12, 2009 at 11:37 p.m.

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