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Azeem Mustafa directs his Battle Creek Hackney 20-min gagster-pastiche film in Clapton 270116 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com

Can a mini movie lead Hackney to Hollywood?

HOUSES – FLATS, EVEN – can sell for millions in Hackney and so-called gentrification is the topic du jour. Yet whenever you mention in company that you live or ...

Rio Cinema Kingsland High Dalston Hackney London 150116 © DA

New fears for Dalston’s much-loved cinema

BANKRUPTCY is still no more than a whispered word at the Rio Cinema board as its ponders how to counter falling attendances and rising costs. ...

ELM: East London Mosque on Visit Your Mosque Day 070216 © david.altheer@gmail.com

Welcome to Whitechapel not to Hackney mosques

AFTER Visit My Mosque day last year 2015 a TV reporter claimed she’d been ushered out of the mosque she’d entered. For any reporter, that would ...

St Mary's (old and new churches) Stoke Newington Lon N16 100216 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com

And the wind cries St Mary’s for a Stokey festival

STOKE NEWINGTON is blessed with two St Mary’s churches, above, each complementing the other in a way that serves local people, and not just those ...

junction in Dalston, a district in Hackney, London © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com

A Derridian moment for Dalston’s Scritti Politti

ONLY the brains ’n’ beats Dalston-based band Scritti Politti would promote their first concert in three years not on a pop TV channel but on ...

‘Elder Street in Spitalfields’ © Marc Gooderham

An Islington update on the East London art group

IS THERE such a thing as an East London school of art? Certainly a social-media campaign has been working hard to persuade us, and an expensive ...

St Augustine’s tower Narrowly Hackney 2016 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com

Sorry story of a relic of a past Hackney horror

THOSE EXCELLENT guardians of our past, the Hackney Society, have launched a campaign to save a grim reminder of a time when punishment was primitive. ...

Ridley Rd Market Dalston London E8 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com

Dalston market worries it’s next to be wasted

THE OPENING of a sleek and stylish restaurant, above, in the heart of Dalston is welcome to all but the hardened opponents of what some ...

Owen Barclay in new Barclays4Bike salesroom @ 466 Kingsland Rd Lon E8 210116 © david.altheer@gmail.com

A Dalston original unchains its bike ambitions

ONE OF HACKNEY’S oldest bike shops, Barclays, just south of the junction, is expanding into a showroom further down Kingsland Road. Owner Owen Barclay said: “I ...

British Land scheme for Norton Folgate 2015-16

Boris knocks down bid to save East London gem

* Update January 2016: The Spitalfields Trust says it will seek a judicial review, in other (non-legal) words, the trust will ask the High Court ...

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Rio Cinema Kingsland High Dalston Hackney London 150116 © DA

New fears for Dalston’s much-loved cinema

BANKRUPTCY is still no more than a whispered word at the Rio Cinema board as its ponders how to counter falling attendances and rising costs. ...

Ridley Rd Market Dalston London E8 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com

Dalston market worries it’s next to be wasted

THE OPENING of a sleek and stylish restaurant, above, in the heart of Dalston is welcome to all but the hardened opponents of what some ...

Owen Barclay in new Barclays4Bike salesroom @ 466 Kingsland Rd Lon E8 210116 © david.altheer@gmail.com

A Dalston original unchains its bike ambitions

ONE OF HACKNEY’S oldest bike shops, Barclays, just south of the junction, is expanding into a showroom further down Kingsland Road. Owner Owen Barclay said: “I ...

British Land scheme for Norton Folgate 2015-16

Boris knocks down bid to save East London gem

* Update January 2016: The Spitalfields Trust says it will seek a judicial review, in other (non-legal) words, the trust will ask the High Court ...

© Rowena Bond 2016

Hip gazette is year’s first Hackney media crash

ALMOST THREE YEARS ago, journalist Mark Wilding launched Dalstonist. In the first week of this year, 2016, he closed it. In a total of eight ...

Turtle Bay publicity pic 2015

Caribbean chain opens a Dalston branch in 2016

AN UPSCALE Caribbean restaurant promising 60 new jobs is to open in Dalston next spring 2016. Part of a chain called Turtle Bay that started ...

Fug: Alessia Mastroleo, L, and Maia Rossi, at Cafe Fugassa Dalston London E8 041215 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com

Starbucks slips out of heart of hipster Hackney

JUST UNDER four years since Starbucks slipped into Dalston by the back door it has just as quietly served its last sip in the land of ...