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Growing up in Monterey Park was a fun time. I still remember Akron's on Atlantic and Floral and the London Dale Fish & Chips that stood on the parking lot. Does anyone remember a Mexican restaurant that was in the same parking lot and directly across the street from McDonald's on Floral? My family thinks I'm crazy because they don't remember that Mexican restaurant. I also remember Fazio's grocery store on Atlantic Avenue where Ralph's grocery store now sits.

— Spencer
June 17, 2013 at 3:37 p.m.

Bring back yeelow deli!! Chow mein! I love it

— Stuffs
June 12, 2012 at 2:49 p.m.

Yes, along with most of the others I remember MP with fond and safe memories. My parents bought a new home when I was 2 years old on Floral Dr. In the 50’s we could have a game of football that might of included three or four lawns barefoot because back then no one had sprinklers to damage our feet. I remember sitting at the counter of J.J. Newberry’s eating a banana split for .25 cents. We used to dig caves in the hills right behind the Bank of America until they built the place up. I went to Marian School also until I could talk my parents into letting me go to public school. I never thought about the size of the house our parents raised 5 kids in but when I drive through there for memoires sake…god their small, ha ha So so many other memories that people have already mention that I could include but won’t

— Tom Z
December 3, 2011 at 8:42 a.m.

I've grown up in Monterey Park almost all my life! Since I moved away and married I still come to Monterey Park to visit my family who still reside at the same house. I concur with Steve L. I remember eating at the counter of J.J. Newberry's at Atlantic Square, the pastries and the Van De Kamp bakery, buying records at Music Plus, eating Chinese fast food at Yeelow Deli, Sav-On Drugs store was there McDonalds is still there though went through changes through the years, our shoes were bought at the Kinney Shoe store on Atlantic, I remember on Atlantic and Garvey there were three major gas stations. Where the Omni Bank Building is now there was a Shell Gas station I think, across the street there was a Texaco for the longest time until it changed and the other one was and still is the Chevron gas station. In the nearby shopping center near those gas stations we shopped at Safeway and Alpha Beta (that was up the street near Hellman and Atlantic) when they were still there and we washed our clothes at the local Laundromat and next door was a Panaderia where we bought Mexican bread and a Thrifty was also there! On Garvey and Chandler there was a burger place called Georges Burgers, across the street there was a tailor shop there and next door there was a Broasted Chicken, across the street from there was a Firestone Tires. What is now called HONG KONG market on Garfield used to be The Great Skate, it was the perfect place for many families to do something recreationally fun with each other and make friends! I may have forgotten some as the years went on but I will always have fond memories of Monterey Park.

— Janet C Hernandez
July 15, 2011 at 9:34 a.m.

I bought my first home there love the area great place for kids safe even if it is close to EAST LA home got to small bigger homes to much had to move out of area

April 19, 2011 at 8:52 a.m.

The first city in the continental US with an Asian majority, it SHOULD something of a Harlem or East Los for Asian-Americans. But there are no night markets or Asian-American Walks of Fame... yet. One can always hope that Monterey Park will recognize its own importance... I administer the Facebook page for Monterey Park if you're interested:

— Eric Brightwell
April 6, 2011 at 2:15 p.m.

I was raised in M.P. from 1955 to 1978. It was a great place to grow up - I still keep in touch with many people I went to school with from kindergarten through high school graduation. As David B. mentioned below, my family also did its shopping at Food City (now a Dollar Store). A few memories - Monterey Park Lanes, Garvey Hardware, eating at the lunch counter at J.J. Newberry in Atlantic Square, Mexi-catessen (still there - yum!), Kinney Shoes, Sound Stage Records, Shopping Bag, M.P. Stationers, reading the Progress and Californian, "The Reservoir" (now empty), the strips at the Barnes Park snack bar, learning to swim at Grandview Swim School, the waterfall, the bike jumps (where McCaslin Industrial Park is now), car waxing parties at Garvey Ranch Park, the Coke machine at Grandview Pharmacy, the "dairy" on Garfield (also still there), Curries Ice Cream, 31 Flavors, Taco Bell, Country Store Liquors, etc., etc. Can't believe I still remember some of this stuff. It goes without saying it is a much different community now. Some of the changes have been good, others not so. Many neighborhoods are still nice, others have been allowed to get way too crowded and congested. Everything said, still a nice place to live.

— Steve L.
February 24, 2011 at 8 p.m.

I was brought home as a newborn to Isabella Avenue (1954)and lived there until 1968. It is achingly nostalgic to go back, as I have occasion to do now and then. Back then, Food City was our big market run by Japanese. According to my grandmother, who had lived in the same neighborhood since the '40's, some of these very same people had been victims of the internment. She remembered Japanese neighbors who suddenly no longer lived there (taken away). Sterling Hardware and the post office were the nearest places of business to my house, also Skippy's Golden Gopher. Back then, George Elder Park was simply Grandview Park where summertime was for swimming at its public pool ($.25 !) Moving North on Garfield, as my sister and I did, walking to Marian School (Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal church school), there was the swim school, Doug's Spirit Shop (liquor store, Doug was still there), the Venice Room, Vic Tanny's which became Reggio's Italian Restaurant which, last I checked is a chinese restaurant, the Blu Lantern bar and, next door to our school, the bowling alley. Our pastor once dragged one of our schoolmates out of there by the collar. There were limits in those days.

— David B.
September 19, 2010 at 3:59 p.m.

Known as "Little Taipei" among the Chinese/Taiwanese community, more so before than now. But the city is filled with restaurants, especially on Garvey. Literally like what you expect to see in a Chinatown. Chinese food here are generally alright, but not the best in L.A. Location is great, just a few miles away from Downtown and the northeast (San Gabriel, Arcadia, Temple City, etc.) where there are more great places.

— Gary K
June 21, 2010 at 10:13 p.m.

Great place to live. An upper-middle class, family-oriented community that is convenient to downtown LA and almost anything in LA county. The hills and the diverse cultures / restaurants & shopping add to the ambiance.

— DY
June 7, 2010 at 10:21 a.m.

Moved in from neighboring Montebello this January. It's very nice and considering that I live in a street filled with apartments, neighbors are fine. The only problem is that everyone seems to leave their shopping cart from the 99 Ranch Market in front of their apartment complexes. A great plus to my area of MPK is all the Chinese restaurants on Garvey.

— daniel
June 6, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.

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