The following is a collection of short stories highlighting residents, business owners, organizers, community leaders, and others. Each story includes excerpts from interviews conducted by Clockshop. Additional commentary may be provided for context and clarity in addition to the excerpts.
Whether in written or video form, these stories present the many personal histories found in Northeast LA neighborhoods.
Browse the stories here, or explore them in geographical context on the Maps page, where you can listen to selected audio clips from the interviews.
TAKE ME TO YOUR RIVER: WATCH
Carl and Greg Kruegermann are brothers who grew up in Elysian Valley (not Frogtown!) in a East German immigrant family whose livelihood was to make pickles. Their family’s business employed members of the community to make traditional dill pickles in the German style. At the end of 2022, the brothers face the devastating truth that…
Yancey’s (Childhood) Instacart Route
Yancey Quinones grew up in Cypress Park adjacent to the LA River. One of his jobs as a boy was to do the food shopping for senior citizens in the neighborhood. Some might even say he was an early pioneer of Instacart! Yancey learned how to navigate a safe route on his bike and how…
“Paayme” sung by Lazaro Arvizu
Lazaro Arvizu Jr. is an artist, educator, musician, and researcher dedicated to the culture of the First Peoples of Los Angeles. In the video he performs the song “Paayme”, meaning “West” in the Tongva language, which he wrote with his mother Virginia Carmelo. With the LA River as a backdrop, Lazaro sings about moving West…