Welcome to Spike’s Guide to East Town and Yankee Hill!

Planning a visit to Milwaukee?

Welcome to one of Milwaukee’s oldest neighborhoods! It is a neighborhood that has something to offer everyone!

Students! Workers! Retirees!

It has fast access to public transpiration!

Near Parks! Near Bike & Hiking Trails!

Walk to the shores and beaches of Lake Michigan!

Not only is it a great neighborhood to live in and work in, it is also right in the very heart of urban Milwaukee!

There are many places to work and a diversity of places to worship.

There are clubs and taverns. There are hotels and grocery stores and pharmacies and lots and lots and lots of apartment buildings of all sizes, shapes, ages and architecture!

It is a very safe neighborhood, perhaps the safest neighborhood in all of Milwaukee County. You can safely walk to the lakefront. You can safely walk downtown. You can safely walk to Water and Brady streets! Several major county bus routes and the Milwaukee Streetcar pass through the neighborhood!

Need a car? There is UBER and LYFT and Taxis and Zip Cars.

Thinking of a visit? You can fly or come by train. You can drive from Chicago.

On the weekends and evenings the streets and sidewalks are all busy with traffic and people. On Weekdays it’s different, everyone gets out of bed and goes to work or to school and the streets of East Town are quiet, the neighborhood peaceful. Most mornings are surprisingly quiet, considering our hilltop location.

The noisiest thing in the neighborhood is the street traffic, the cars and the buses and the sirens and not infrequently there are passenger jets going over this part of the city and in the Summer there is a lakefront airshow that inflicts a weekend of sonic booms on the residents as well as the tourists, and there are a surprisingly large number of tourists from everywhere who stay at the nearby hotels.

Unfortunately there isn’t much in the way of shopping. But if you need something, the neighborhood is well covered by USPS, UPS, FedEX and Amazon for same day delivery.

New Land Proposes 21 Story Timber Tower!

New Land’s 21 Story Timber Tower Proposal at East Kilbourn Avenue and North Van Buren Street.

This is the 2nd proposal for this parcel of land which consists of a poorly maintained parking lot and a dilapidated vacant restaurant. Originally the restaurant was a garage and then it was converted into a steak joint named “The Embers” and then it became a Chicago-style pizza restaurant called “Eduardos” and now it is empty and mostly boarded up, but I suspect there are people prowling and squatting inside the building. I will be happy to see it torn down.


Here is a street level view of the property and the northeast corner of North Van Buren Street at East Juneau Avenue.

Future home of a 21 story Timber Tower?


Blackstone Kale Soup

Once you get all of the stuff and a big deep pot to cook it in, it will only take 30 minutes to cook big pot of soup! No meat! No dairy! No oils!

Blackstone Kale Soup
Get 64oz. Chicken stock, boiling.
1 chopped Acorn Squash
3 Chopped carrots
3 Chopped stalks of celery
4 Cups chopped Kale
1 Cup of cooked brown rice
1 can of drained great northern beans
1 can of cooked lentils
1 can of drained garbanzos
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 TSP onion powder
1 TSP garlic powder
1 TSP salt
1/4 TSP cayenne pepper
stir occasionally until it is simmering well…
Simmer 25 minutes until carrots are tender.
Take out a small dish, let it cool, taste it.
Take pepper grinder add very coarse ground black pepper to taste.