Boyle Heights is a working-class, youthful neighborhood of almost 100,000 residents east of Downtown Los Angeles.
Boyle Heights is one of its oldest communities. It covers 6.5 square miles and is isolated from downtown and the greater LA area by the LA River and several converging freeways. Boyle Heights is one of LA’s most densely populated neighborhoods.
Boyle Heights is a vibrant community whose cultural richness is matched by its culinary richness, Boyle Heights is a mainly residential neighborhood that provides convenient access to livelier locales like Downtown and the Arts District. Watch the day unfold in the neighborhood’s favorite plaza or take yourself on a taco truck tour.
Since the 1930s, mariachi musicians have gathered in hopes of being hired by visitors who are looking for a full band, trio or solo singer. The plaza resembles Mexico’s famed Plaza Garibaldi in both form and function and draws people form all over Los Angeles. This plaza is also an historic gateway to the neighborhood.
Day or night, one can find many musicians waiting around the plaza and hotel across the street to be hired for work. Local leaders hope to promote the plaza and for it to remain a sanctuary for musicians. There is a small kiosk located in the plaza, similar to those found in Mexico, donated by the Mexican State of Jalisco, the birthplace of mariachi music.