Hidden in Plain Site - Palms, CA
|Crapi Apartments, Overland Avenue, Palms|
While driving down Overland Avenue in Palms, WLA, you might spy a certain mid-20th century apartment building and do a double-take. The Crapi Apartments name is a play on the word "Capri" Apartments. So many "dingbat" style buildings of this era have tropical and whimsical names.
|Chee-Zee Apartments, Woodbine Ave., Palms|
Around the corner from the Crapi Apartments are the Chee-Zee Apartments! Both of these buildings are the subtle joke of the owner of NPA, National Promotions and Advertising. NPA specializes in outdoor advertising and have a sign-filled facility, just down the block. We've been lucky to attend a couple of parties at NPA.
|NPA Offices, Overland Ave., Palms. Photo from NPA Website|
|Vintage Neon inside NPA|
The outside of the NPA is an ordinary looking warehouse space with a Greyhound bus in front. This is how you enter the building, through the bus! Naturally, the bus driver is a greyhound dog.
|This guy drives the NPA Bus!|
I also noticed that NPA now sports a giant hot dog on the roof. At one time, this plaster dog graced the top of a hot dog stand on the corner of Hollywood and Western, in East Hollywood. Later, a Thai restaurant took over the stand but left the dog on top, until NPA rescued it.
|Hot Dog @NPA Headquarters. Photo from NPA Website|
|Former location of hot dog, Hollywood and Western, East Hollywood|
The reason we were in this special part of Palms was for an ice-cream stop at Scoops, after a particularly spicy dinner. Scoops specializes in crazy, delicious flavors for their ice cream and sorbets.
Unassuming Palms can be quite interesting and tasty.