North Hollywood

North Hollywood

Officially named North Hollywood in 1927, this region of the Valley, which has also been known as Toluca and Lankershim, sits near the 170 and the 101 Freeways, just a short ride over the hill from Hollywood. It is home to a smaller neighborhood, known at the NoHo Arts District.

The area is known historically for being the site of the signing of the Treaty of Cahuenga, which ended the US and Mexican fight in California. The treaty was signed at an adobe house that sat along what is now Lankershim Blvd. In the early 1900’s the city was known as “The Home of the Peach,” because the major employer in the area was a fruit cannery, the Bonner Fruit Company. In more recent history, North Hollywood gained notoriety, when in 1997, it was the location of a major shootout between LAPD and two armed gunmen at a Bank of America branch on Laurel Canyon Blvd. Two suspects were killed and fifteen people were injured during the terrifying incident which involved over 200 police officers.

North Hollywood is home to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a non-profit organization, which was formed to advance telecommunication arts and sciences and to help promote creativity and leadership in the television community. The annual Emmy Awards are put on by the Television Academy each year.

Recreation in the area can be found at North Hollywood Park, which has a jogging trail, picnic areas and public restroom facilities. Weekends often see the park full of activity, from joggers and small workout groups to family picnics and birthday parties. On the creative side, the more recent development of the NoHo Arts District as an art-centric neighborhood development has brought exciting life to the area and many local residents are part of the entertainment community. In recent years, the area has seen new life in the form of modern loft-style living, new and popular dining and entertainment options, and a resurgence of local and community theater.