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Fears raised over proposed ‘gated community’ in Dalston

Fears raised over proposed ‘gated community’ in Dalston

  The Mayor of London’s office has confirmed it is looking into concerns raised over a proposed 8-storey building in Dalston, some are referring to as a ‘gated community.’ The property has been proposed by developers Taylor Wimpey and Transport for London, and is intended for a plot on Kingsland High…

Residents from ELL boroughs suffer rise in rent as effect of Olympics and overseas buyers push up prices

Residents from ELL boroughs suffer rise in rent as effect of Olympics and overseas buyers push up prices

Median rents in Hackney are  71 per cent of the median family income in London.  In Tower Hamlets the median rent comes to 68.8 per cent of average income. Research by the campaign group, Homes for London, set up by housing charity Shelter, has revealed that Hackney has the seventh highest rent:income…

Rediscovering Los Angeles at Hackney film screening

Rediscovering Los Angeles at Hackney film screening

Six rediscovered short films on the people and places of Los Angeles can be seen in Hackney tomorrow night (January 11) in a one-off screening. The showing at the Angus-Hughes gallery is part of the Sheffield Fringe Festival, a free and nomadic annual event that aims to unite art and documentary practice. It…

Record-breaking Christmas for east London toy appeal

Record-breaking Christmas for east London toy appeal

An East London charity has celebrated their most successful toy appeal ever, with over £70,000 worth of toys donated throughout the festive season. The annual appeal by the East London Business Alliance (ELBA) had a record-breaking year due to a last minute donation of over 1,000 toys from Barclays bank…

A toast to Maisie Collin and the year of the freelancer

A toast to Maisie Collin and the year of the freelancer

Coffee shops full of young professionals perched at laptops and toting lattes have become symbolic of Hackney’s much reported ‘regeneration’ over recent years. In fact, as many companies make redundancies in the face of ongoing economic downturn, a freelancing boom in the east end has turned cafes into the office…

New art work breathes life into Hackney Central Bridge

New art work breathes life into Hackney Central Bridge

A new public art installation has given a revitalising boost to Hackney Central Bridge on Mare Street. The council-commissioned artwork was created by Martin Richman, an internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor from Hackney. The piece features orange and pink lines which run the width of the bridge, warping into a…

Pipe: Reduced funds for local services “cannot go on”

Pipe: Reduced funds for local services “cannot go on”

Each ELL borough will see their spending power cut under the Local Government Finance Settlement outlined on Wednesday by Eric Pickles, The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Following the announcement, Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney, speaking as Chair of London Councils issued a warning to Pickles: “He…

Lordship Boys member given life for New Year shooting

Lordship Boys member given life for New Year shooting

Dean Smith, a member of Hackney’s Lordship gang has been sentenced to serve a minimum of 31 years in prison for murdering a 22-year-old in Clerkenwell last year. On December 17, Smith of Stoke Newington, was found guilty by an Old Bailey jury after a 12-week trial of killing Aarron…

Rio Cinema finally finds its name on the bus map

Rio Cinema finally finds its name on the bus map

After a four year battle with Transport for London, Rio Cinema in Dalston has finally got its name on the bus stop outside. Enquiries made of TfL by the local news site, Loving Dalston, has led to the on board announcements and electronic signs being changed as well. The cinema…

The unwanted Olympic legacy: local traders still suffering from Games downturn hope for Christmas boost

The unwanted Olympic legacy: local traders still suffering from Games downturn hope for Christmas boost

With only a week to go until Christmas, businesses across Hackney and Tower Hamlets are relying on festive sales to make up for a loss in custom of up to 70 per cent during this summer’s Olympic Games, a study by Eastlondonlines shows. ELL approached nearly 60 randomly selected high…