Boyle Heights is a diverse East Los Angeles neighborhood east of the Los Angeles River and downtown Los Angeles, California. Boyle Heights has a long history, dating back to 1871.
With history, diversity, and an artistic flair, Boyle Heights offers everything from Mariachi bands to dramatic murals. Latino artists are opening stores and in some cases lining the streets to sell their work. Playwright Josefina Lopes (Real Women Have Curves) has a theater/gallery on 1st Street. Other artists in the area include Lilia Ramirez, John Carlos De Luna, and others.
Mariachi Plaza is a colorful area with bands playing every afternoon and evening. There are several shops, restaurants, and bars located in and around the plaza, and a new train station is making commuting around LA easier. Poised to be an up-and-coming LA hotspot, Boyle Heights has several apartments and lofts for rent.