Tag Archives: Hackney

Here comes the shank, dobedobe

Are you depressed about the turn in the weather? Do you yearn for the sunny days of yore (or last week), when you could laze in London Fields with your hipster mates and desecrate the grass with your barbecues? Well, being … Continue reading

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An Olympics rent-a-thon?

Somewhere, about two miles miles to the east of us, a shining new city is being built –swooping curves, boxy boxes, overrated public sculpture: the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Public reactions to these forthcoming events have already confirmed expectations of … Continue reading

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Comings & goings

The DLR thought it might take a trip down south to E2 to see what all the art kids were doing in Bethnal Green. It’s good we did because all the galleries are trading places and we wound up so … Continue reading

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Communicaddiction

What is all this outpouring of communication? Reading the (heartwarming, inspiring, grassroots-good) notes on the Peckham Post-It wall you really feel like no one ever had a chance to say anything to anyone before. Does anyone remember the Warhol quote … Continue reading

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After the ruckus

And so, like an expensive pop-up restaurant from a country you’ve never heard of, the riots have disappeared from Hackney as quickly as they came. What’s left in their place is a sense of bewilderment, community and thousands of words … Continue reading

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“I wanted to see us do this to the fucking Feds for years.”

As we sit here in Dalston at 23:30, the sirens fading, the scene directly outside appears to be calming down. Maybe it is because of the gangs of vigilante Turkish men who have appeared on Kingsland Road, armed with sticks … Continue reading

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Upwards and onwards with the arts

The visual arts have long been a major factor in gentrification, from the artists who moved in to the Lower East Side and East Village of Manhattan in the 1980s to the continuing colonisation of former East Berlin districts Kreuzberg … Continue reading

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