New Pocket Park in Boyle Heights

Over at the LAist website there is a nice write up about the new Matthews Street pocket park, located between Cesar Chavez Avenue and Michigan Avenue. I attended the opening ceremonies in early spring of 2024. The park features a water fountain designed by Boyle Heights-based artist Mike Saijo as an interactive public art project…

RED BOYLE HEIGHTS: Cooperative Center Surveillance Photos

This blog post will primarily feature Los Angeles Police Department surveillance photos of the communist-run Cooperative Center at 2708 Brooklyn Avenue (now Cesar Chavez Avenue) in Boyle Heights.  But first, a little background on these photos. In 1930, Rep. Hamilton Fish, Jr. (R-New York) chaired a congressional committee called the Special Committee to Investigate Communist…

RED BOYLE HEIGHTS: The Cooperative Center and the Open Shop

Not long after it opened in 1925, the three-story Cooperative Center at Brooklyn Avenue and Mott Street in Boyle Heights was often described by both the Los Angeles Police Department and the city’s dailies as a “bastion,” or “stronghold” for local communist organizers and “labor agitators.” The inflated rhetoric referred to the fact that during…

RED BOYLE HEIGHTS

Organizing and Redlining This blog post is the first in a series of posts that I’ve titled Red Boyle Heights. The series will focus on people and events in and around the community from the mid-1920s to the late 1930s. The Red refers to two unique aspects related to Boyle Heights during that era. In…

Talkin’ Hadda

On January 31st 2023, KCRW Public Radio was kind enough to invite me on for a brief 9-minute segment to talk about Hadda Brooks, as someone had told the producer of the show of my series of blog posts about her.  Hadda had a long, eventful, and interesting life, so it was challenge to convey…

The Kaspare Cohn Hospital and the Mt. Sinai Hospital and Clinic, Part Four

Editor’s note:  Sorry for the delay in getting this fourth part of this great post by Boyle Heights Historical Society Advisory Board member Rudy Martinez published.  This part involves the later ownership of the former Kaspare Cohn Hospital property and introduces us to the early history of Mt. Sinai Hospital.  The fifth and final part…

The Kaspare Cohn Hospital and the Mt. Sinai Hospital and Clinic, Part Three

Editor’s note:  This third part of this excellent post by Boyle Heights Historical Society Advisory Board member Rudy Martinez takes us into the move and renaming of Kaspare Cohn Hospital to Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in East Hollywood, as well as the fascinating and timely controversy involving a purported cancer treatment trial supported by cereal…

The Kaspare Cohn Hospital and the Mt. Sinai Hospital and Clinic, Part Two

Editor’s note: The second part of  this post by Boyle Heights Historical Society Advisory Board member Rudy Martinez takes us to the move of the Kaspare Cohn Hospital from Angelino Heights to what was later called East Los Angeles [Lincoln Heights was the original East Los Angeles.]  This part covers about a decade during the early…

The Kaspare Cohn Hospital and the Mt. Sinai Hospital and Clinic, Part One

Editor’s note: Boyle Heights Historical Society Advisory Board member Rudy Martinez returns again with another multi-part post on the fascinating history of Boyle Heights and the east side, covering the development of what evolved into today’s Cedar-Sinai Medical Center.  We start with this first installment about the East Los Angeles location of the Kaspare Cohn…