The Bend, with its 40 "loft-style" units, features a connection to the LA River and a new restaurant from the owners of Wax Paper, the sandwich shop that names its sandwiches after NPR hosts.
The property is located on the other side of the river from the Taylor Yard, a city-owned site that will eventually be turned into a big park.
The two-building former industrial property has been converted into retail and creative office space by developer RedCar Properties. Now, such tenants as Philadelphia-based La Colombe Coffee Roasters are moving in.
Experts say the amphibious critters that once roamed Elysian Valley—giving the Frogtown neighborhood its name—were most likely Western Toads and not frogs at all. The toads were also very small, often measuring less than an inch.
LA-zy River is the brainchild of comedian Kurt Braunohler and writer/actor Lauren Cook, who were inspired by the rafts of El Niño-related news coverage promising storms of Biblical proportions. Little rain showed up, but it's enough for tubing.