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Staff duck for cover as students study readin’ an’ a-ruckin’ in Hackney’s spacey libraries

HACKNEY LIBRARIANS are in fear of physical attacks from students. Fights have broken out between pupils, pupils hurl racist and profane abuse at men and women ...

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London Fields is no walk in the park for Hackney: hipster heaven costs the council £140k

LONDON FIELDS has cost Hackney council £139,970 it never planned to spend. The park’s popularity on sunny evenings and days, especially with barbecuing and picnicking ...

Round Chapel, Glenarm Road (crnr Lower Clapton Road), Clapton E5 0LY 170211 © DavidAltheer [at] gmail.com

Harassed Hackneyite, child needing excitement? Swop day in Clapton might sort you out

THE EDITOR has “asked” me to write about a swop shop for children, the kind of event he would usually pass to the Loving Dalston ...

Rio0516: cinema Dalston 070516 © DavidAltheer [at] gmail.com

Workers or board? Rio staff say to directors: Ask cinema supporters to choose sides in pay dispute

RIO STAFF have issued a challenge to the cinema’s board: arrange an extraordinary general meeting so both sides can put their case to Rio supporters. ...

Hackney Summer Fete nr St Augustine tower London E8 180715 © david.altheer@gmail.com

Walthamstow whey-hey: a 2-day free fete follows the annual St John fest in Hackney

IT COULD BE 20 years since council ended the annual Hackney Show. Held on Hackney Downs, the hugely popular event was cancelled when the town ...

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McDonald’s? No, in Dalston it will be McHipster, a McTake on the scenester roof bars of Hackney

FROM HOXTON to Clapton, Hackney has many rooftop venues targeting the hipster pound. Now McDonald’s wants to provide a sky garden for its fans. The ...

Miurder? A male collapsed early today Wed 080616 near the junction of Cecilia and Sandringham roads in Dalston Hackney Lon E8 2EP © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com

A murder in Dalston: man of 46 charged after police change tack from their dropped-dead line

* UPDATE: 100616: Huseyin Akkoyun was due to appear in Thames Magistrates Court today Friday 10 June 2016 charged with the murder of father-of-two Mehmet ...

Elmina: café that was the fictional locale for Elmina's Kitchen by Kwame Kwei-Armah 221115 © DavidAltheer [at] gmail.com

Clapton café that broke barriers for black writers

AS A NONDESCRIPT eaterie, the fast-fooder above takes some beating. Yet the Clapton takeaway has a place in the artisticj history of London. In a ...

Anatolian fete Clissold Park Stoke Newington Lon N16 © david.altheer@gmail.com

A lively and tasty touch of the Mediterranean comes to the green spaces of Stoke Newington

MORE THAN 10 years ago, a small group of people sat down together to plan what has become probably’s the biggest free celebration of Turkish ...

AbneyPark: ruined cemetery chapel Stoke Newington Lon N16 OLH 25 Feb 2012

Rare fly Cockney is rediscovered in the dead centre of old Stoke Newington, London N16

A RARE HOVERFLY thought to have disappeared from London has been rediscovered in Stoke Newington. Pocota personata was identified by Dalston’s Russell Miller in Abney Park ...

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London Fields is no walk in the park for Hackney: hipster heaven costs the council £140k

LONDON FIELDS has cost Hackney council £139,970 it never planned to spend. The park’s popularity on sunny evenings and days, especially with barbecuing and picnicking ...

mcdonald’s kingsland Hi St Dalston Lon E8 080616 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com

McDonald’s? No, in Dalston it will be McHipster, a McTake on the scenester roof bars of Hackney

FROM HOXTON to Clapton, Hackney has many rooftop venues targeting the hipster pound. Now McDonald’s wants to provide a sky garden for its fans. The ...

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The 158-year-old tin tabernacle of Hackney is to go under the auctioneer’s online hammer

THE LITTLE corrugated-iron church, above, in Hackney is to go to auction with a guide price of less than £2 million. Erected for Presbyterians in 1858, ...

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Shoreditch team says it is hippest in London

WHEN A WASPISH gossip column quotes you saying you’re “London’s sole hipster property agent”, you better be on trend. After all, City Spy appears in ...

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Hackney Downs loses its restful Russet café 

THE RUSSET café is to close. On Sunday 5 June 2016 this semi-secret venue on the northwest edge of Hackney Downs will serve its last ...

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As Rio staff threaten strike, manager counters that pay is higher than at many other cinemas

* UPDATE 250516: In the face of hardening attitudes by the board and management, the Rio strike went ahead, as the pictures from Wednesday 25 May 2016 ...

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Hackneyites offered a way to find hidden jobs

JOBSEEKERS MAY be pleased with a new project to help at least 1,000 people in Hackney into work. Over the next three years the programme ...