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Hackney WickED: community spirit keeps festival alive

Hackney WickED: community spirit keeps festival alive

Hackney WickED festival survives after a successful second meeting with eager artists and community members. The event will transform into a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) open studio, where people are invited to enjoy art, meet artists and purchase pieces. Many displayed a strong interest in the small-scale event during a meeting held last…

Key commuter rail services taken over by TfL

Key commuter rail services taken over by TfL

Trains between Liverpool Street station and Enfield Town, Cheshunt and Chingford will be taken over by Transport for London this weekend. This could mean more frequent trains arriving at Hackney stations along the route. The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) announced that passengers are set to benefit from cheaper…

Co-working ‘tree office’ to open in Hoxton Square

Co-working ‘tree office’ to open in Hoxton Square

Hackney will open London’s first ‘tree office’ in Hoxton Square on 1 June. The new pop-up co-working space, branded TREExOFFICE, is being built around a tree trunk and will provide working spaces for businesses and the Hackney community as a response to the shortage of offices in the borough. The ‘tree…

Haggerston Baths might no longer be a pool

Haggerston Baths might no longer be a pool

Hackney Council is seeking “expressions of interest” for the re-development of Haggerston Baths but has given no assurance that it will remain a swimming pool. Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney, said: “We will only consider working with an appropriate partner, such as someone who is prepared to use the building for…

Solar energy project makes final fundraising push

Solar energy project makes final fundraising push

Residents of Banister House Estate in Hackney are making a final push to meet their fundraising target of £142,000 to build what would be the UK’s largest community owned solar energy project on social housing. Repowering London, a non-profit organisation who has coordinated the project with local residents, had raised…

Cremer Street artists “bullied” out of studios

Cremer Street artists “bullied” out of studios

Artists in Hackney’s Cremer Street Studios are facing a difficult choice: support demolition of the building or vacate their studios in less than two months. The artists in the building were told by their landlords, JD Simmons and Regal Homes, to sign a letter stating they will not oppose development…

The cafe where death is on the menu

The cafe where death is on the menu

Death is not usually a topic you discuss over tea and cupcakes in a cafe, but that was what 25 people gathered to do in Hackney on Tuesday afternoon. In between nibbles, they talked candidly about the anguish of seeing a loved one suffer and deteriorate physically and mentally,  the…

An all-Hackney London Mayoral contest?

An all-Hackney London Mayoral contest?

The 2016 London Mayoral Election could turn into a local battle as two strong Hackney candidates seek for nomination. Both Conservative Andrew Boff and Labour Diane Abbott are looking to replace Boris Johnson. Who will not contest the next mayoral election after his election as MP for Uxbridge and South…

Boy in critical condition after Clapton Common car collision

Boy in critical condition after Clapton Common car collision

Update, Wednesday 4.26pm: The Met Police confirm the boy’s condition is now stable, although they can’t yet release his name. Before: A boy of seven is in a critical condition after he was hit by a car at Clapton Common Monday evening. Paramedics treated the boy for “leg and facial injuries,”…

Eat breakfast in bed in Shoreditch pop-up store

Eat breakfast in bed in Shoreditch pop-up store

Imagine having the most important meal of the day in a café where you get to lay in a comfy bed, instead of just sitting in a chair. IKEA has opened a pop-up store with eight beds, where they will be serving food and giving sleeping tips during the next…

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