Your social, cultural and gastronomical neighbourhood watch.
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
The arrival of my daily mail ties my stomach up in knots and sends a shudder up my spine - the usual crew of bank statements, water bills and countless final demands is certainly one to be feared. However this morning one suspiciously inviting envelope was present and called for a closer look. As soon as I recognised the YCN.72 Rivington logo, excitement enveloped me and seconds later I sat surrounded by shredded paper and clutching treasure in my hands, my much-anticipated YCN.72 lending library card!
The lending library at 72 Rivington Street boasts a stimulating selection of publications and books to be borrowed for up to 14 days. Membership is free and the process is quick and easy, simply drop-in, fill out a form and a few days later your library card will be in your hands, yielding access to an abundance of inspirational materials.
YCN.72 Rivington Street
London, EC2A 3AY
t. +44 (0) 207 033 2140
Monday – Friday
10am – 6pm
Friday, 21 August 2009
What: Alley Way Sale (Party)
Where: Cotton's Gardens Alley Way (off Kingsland Road), London, E2 8DN
When: Saturday 22nd August (tomorrow), 11am -6pm
Why: Seize some really great deals on new, used and vintage clothing and accessories, furniture, books, kitchenware,thingmabobs and whatchamacallit's. There will also be an array of home-baked goods, hot-dogs, an old-fashioned lemonade stand and live-music...escape from the Brick Lane/Broadway Saturday market routine and stop by this one time only alley way sale!
Thursday, 20 August 2009
For those of you that don't know, while Shoreditch has a reputation for being overly trendy and up-to-date, it also has quite a history to boast. In fact, Shoreditch was none other than Shakespeare's original neighborhood! Some of his first plays were performed at 'The Theatre', which was located on what we now know as Curtain Road. Now, the Tower Theatre Company has commissioned and excavation of the site by the Museum of London Archaeology, set to commence within the next two years. The company hopes to build a modern-day theatre, around the remains of the original playhouse, which will feature a box-office, bar, and 135-seat auditorium, and will stage 18 annual shows along with other community projects. Keep your eye out for this fantastic new addition to The Neighborhood!
Monday, 17 August 2009
Sorry for the poor phone camera quality, but this grinning girl is none other than In the Neighborhood's 1st featured neighborhood-ly citizen, Katie. Neighborhood-ly behaviour is far and few between in these modern times but this act of good-will prove that it is still in existence.
We caught Katie as she leaped from her Sunday brunch pancakes and coveted outdoor table at Little Georgia, sprinted far off into the distance where she retrieved a fallen baby accessory belonging to proud new parents, sprinted a little more when she finally reached the couple and returned the forgotten object. Touching, to say the least.
So if you happen to see this face around the neighborhood, don't despair...she's got your back.
Friday, 14 August 2009
Monday, 3 August 2009
After a lovely stroll along the canal one sunny morning, Jezebel and myself decided to reward our vigorous speed-walking with a well deserved cafe pit stop. We had always been curious about Little Georgia Cafe, as it seemed to attract quite a crowd and neither of us had ever experienced Georgian food before, so we decided this was the perfect time to try it out. We were lucky enough to grab a seat outside, also allowing us to participate in some fantastic people-watching... and who doesn't love some good people-watching? The breakfast menu was surprisingly varied, offering everything from the typical eggs on toast to pancakes filled with ricotta cheese and cranberries (which ended up being my choice for late-morning munching). Both of our plates came with a generous helping of fruit salad, and were just enough to fill us up without feeling stuffed... and it gets better. While looking at the full menu, we realized that nothing is above 6 pounds! Quite a bargain for such lovely home-cooked meals. The dinner menu offers Turkish, Russian, and Slavic-inspired dishes, which makes sense when considering Georgia's Black Sea geography. Needless to say, we have been looking forward to returning for a dinner treat ever since.
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Brick Lane's plethora of vintage stores is surely one of the area's greatest attributes, however there is no such thing as a one-stop vintage shop. Although many of the boutiques carry a range of apparel and accessories, if you're looking for the very best that Brick Lane has to offer, in the words of Smokey Robinson 'you better shop around.'
Accessories (Belts, Scarves and all that jazz)- Rokit, 101 Brick Lane
Jewelry - Spitalfields Antiques market, every Thursday (alright, not an actual store but to be honest this is one area that Brick Lane vintage is lacking - Spitalfields on a Thursday makes up for this though)
Shoes and Bags - Absolute Vintage, 15 Hanbury Street
Vintage T's -Beyond Retro, 110-112 Cheshire Street
50's garb - Paper Dress Vintage, 114 - 116 Curtain Road ( not Brick Lane but in the general vicinity)
Vintage bathing suits - This Shop Rocks! 131 Brick Lane
Men's - Brick Lane Thrift Store, 68 Sclater Street
Fashion craze of the second - Beyond Retro, as listed above (exploiting tomorrow's trends is Beyond Retro's speciality, rows and rows of what is deemed to be en vogue in the east are pushed to the front of the store periodically resulting in a bevy of homogenous individuals).
Monday, 27 July 2009
Tay Do Cafe, 65 Kingsland Road, E2 8AG
Friday, 24 July 2009
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Much like this snazzy dwelling on Columbia Road, we too have a correspondence portal!
We promise to respond...so start sending your views/ musings/ opinions/ questions/ suggestions/ jokes/ screenplays/ troubles our way!
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
While many of you out there may be utterly fed up with the amount of media attention surrounding the late and great Michael Jackson, we at In the Neighborhood (well myself, at least), have not yet reached the point of complete aggravation. That being said, the Truman Brewery together with HF Contemporary Art are hosting a Michael Jackson tribute at Draywalk Gallery starting this Friday, July 24. The exhibition will have original new works by international gallery artists, as well as a concert put on by the Esben Tvalje trio with vocalist Lydia Jenkins. I think we could all stand to pay tribute to MJ one last time, no?
Monday, 20 July 2009
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Thursday, 16 July 2009
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Monday, 13 July 2009
Is it possible to shift our mood on climate change? A new installation in Dalston aims to do just that. Linked to the Radical Nature exhibit at the Barbican, the Dalston Mill has transformed an old railway line and subsequent wasteland into a 'fully-functioning' mill and wheat field, in an effort to cause people to realize that way we use land, produce food, and relate to one another, are all inextricably linked. The origin of the installation is actually thousands of miles away in New York, where Agnes Denes' original wheat field juxtaposed against the Manhattan skyline provided an iconic image of environmentalism that will now be emulated in our very own Hackney. The Dalston Mill is also providing workshops, theatre performances, bread-making, pedal-powered music, and tea-time talks with artists. How wonderful that the neighborhood is providing a means for people to ponder our effects on the planet! Open daily from 2-10 PM.
Msft, previously known as Missfit Productions is a self proclaimed ‘storytellers pedestal’. Since 2006, they have played an active role in supporting and publicizing an eclectic palette of emerging talent, from poets to performance artists.
Their latest project, Speech Motion provides filmmakers and poets with a platform to preview their work via an open mic/screen night at Shoreditch’s The Horse and Groom. This exciting addition to the neighborhood's cultural calendar will run every last Tuesday of the month and will culminate in Speech Motion’s headlining talent.
So, if you fancy yourself a poet, storyteller, performer or filmmaker (or all of the above), Speech Motion is a fantastic opportunity to exhibit your work. To be considered for one of the 12 headlining spots get in touch with msft at email@example.com. Headlining acts will be paid for participation.
Upcoming night: 28th July-The Horse and Groom, Curtain Rd. – Doors open at 7pm - £4 entry.
Sunday, 12 July 2009
The Sunday Upmarket on 81 Brick Lane and Hanbury street is a great place to spend your Sunday. With over 200 stalls boasting everything from worldly food stalls to vintage fabrics, this market has been known to draw quite the crowd, making for yet another great people-watching spot. The market also has a history of supporting local artists and and deciders, which we think is very neighborhoodly indeed! Open every Sunday from 10 am - 5 pm.
Friday, 10 July 2009
The Old Shoreditch Station, located on the corner of Kingsland Road and Old Street, is undoubtedly an In the Neighborhood favorite, both day and night. In fact, Jezebel and myself are sitting here (here being the station of course) at this very moment enjoying an iced green tea and toffee nut muffin whilst partaking in some excellent people-watching. Set in the original railway station, the daytime atmosphere is perfect for internet browsing while the vibe at night is conducive for friendly encounters with some fantastic characters. Like it's sister bar, (Jaguar Shoes) Old Shoreditch Station features monthly art exhibitions and on display this month is Ashley Lande's psychedelic 'Truth + Magical Love = Freedom'. The staff is lovely, the couches are comfy, and the music will definitely have you dancing in your seat (isn't seated dancing the best?).
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Monday, 6 July 2009
The Idea Generation Gallery, located on on Chance Street, showcases the best of contemporary art and popular photography. At the moment, the main attraction features work by John "Hoppy" Hopkins, a freelance photographer and former nuclear physicist in the 1950's. Hopkins' involvement in the London underground movement in the late 1960's has allowed for a unique take on the new politics of peace and counter-culture of the time. He has not only produced images of iconic figures such as Malcom X and John Lennon, but also the seemingly "seedier" images of London at the time, including tattoo parlours and fetishists. His exhibit, dubbed "Against Tyranny" is showing until the 19th of July... something that should not be missed.
Sunday, 5 July 2009
Thursday, 2 July 2009
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
For those living outside the neighborhood, Hoxton Hotel starts their £1 sale at midnight on Thursday 2nd July.
500 of the hotel's rooms will be available for £1/night and an additional 500 for £29/night from the 1st August -31st October.
The last time Hoxton Hotel offered such a fantastic deal they created online chaos, with over 300,000 virtually vying for the rooms and selling out in 11 minutes. If you're speedy on the mouse and keys, this is the challenge for you.
...and for those who do live in the neighborhood, why not have a go anyway? We will be!
Monday, 29 June 2009
Sunday, 28 June 2009
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Saturday the 27 of June and Sunday the 28, Brick Lane Yard is going to turn into Spain! Rioja wines are putting together two days filled with Spanish tapas sampling and wine tasting, along with guitar based entertainment... and the best part? It's free! Quite frankly, I can't see myself wanting to spend the weekend any other way.
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
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Monday, 22 June 2009
Shh...the secret garden is for sale! Columbia Road Flower Market located on, you guessed it, Columbia Road, is a flower and plant extravaganza that explodes onto the street every Sunday. Some of the most beautiful fresh cut flowers in all of London are sold here, at some seriously reasonable prices. To top it all off, the street is dotted with delightful cafes and restaurants, so if you are in the market for a lovely Sunday afternoon complete with flowers, food and great deals, Columbia Road is your destination!
Local's Tip: head over around 3pm for the end of the day deals, "3 bunches for a fiver!" it doesn't get much better than that!
This past weekend us ladies had the privilege of helping out a fantastic growing company called BASH. While our part in helping out was small, it made us feel good to participate in something that will ultimately be for the greater good. BASH is a creative agency whose main impetus is to lessen Britain's ecological footprint. They do this through various methods: from holding events that exude minimal ecological impacts, to having their own completely sustainable rooftop garden filled with plants and innovative new technologies, to campaigning among the community, spreading socially and ecologically conscious ideas. Our encounter with the team at BASH, though brief, was most assuredly worthwhile- it's always refreshing to see people doing something that benefits society as a whole. Make sure to check out the website for more information:
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
The British art school tradition is renowned worldwide and has given birth to many celebrated contemporary artists, designers and musicians. Although the fashion students receive the greatest attention via the Central St. Martin's show during London fashion week or the respected Graduate Fashion Week, degree art shows are an opportunity to view exciting, innovative art from the masters of tomorrow. With graduation season nigh, many of East London's galleries are hosting said exhibitions.
Old Truman Brewery exhibition space is currently hosting the Free Range art and design show. The show is open till the 20th July, which gives you plenty of time to see the 3,000+ graduates work on display.
From Thursday, 18th - 22nd June, Vyner Street Gallery is hosting Royal Holloway University's degree exhibit, which will showcase various installations and films.
Looking for some obscure knick-knacks to decorate the place with? Well then this is just the market for you! Spitalfields Market has days dedicated to different themes, and Thursdays at Spitalfields provides antiques galore. These aren't your every-day oriental rug kid of antiques, no m'am! Among the numerous stalls in this market you can get ahold of everything from a preserved animal fetus to a fantastically maintained and authentic WWII coat. If you go towards closing (normally around 5 PM) the very few food stalls that are there are usually attempting to get rid of their stock so you can get some great food for really cheap!
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Last night, the Pixies titillated a lucky crowd by performing an impromptu set at the Village Underground in Shoreditch. Frank Black and fellow band mates played a 13-piece that perfectly coincided with the artwork from their upcoming boxset 'Minotaur', which was also being showcased at the venue. Some of the audience included the Klaxons' Jamie Reynolds and James Righton, and My Bloody Valentines' Kevin Shields. Sure wish we had happened to be there! Just goes to show you never know what can happen in the neighborhood.
Monday, 15 June 2009
Cordy House expands its repertoire of event hosting this month with the Carboard Citizens staging of Mincemeat.
Cardboard Citizens is a charitable organisation that works with homeless and displaced peoples, both in reaching their practical needs and through theatre and performance arts. Believing in the beneficial, change-evoking characteristics of theater, they offer free workshops and performance opportunities to homeless people.
Written by Adrian Jackson & Farhana Sheikh, Mincemeat explores the mystery surrounding a dead body that significantly changed the outcome of the second world war. The play is performed by professional cast including ex-homeless actors.
A REMARKABLE PIECE OF THEATRE, MULTILAYERED, PASSIONATE...MAKES YOU ANGRY AND MAKES YOU CRY. **** Guardian
The play opens tonight (Monday 15th June) and runs till the 12th July @ Cordy House, Curtain Road, E2.
Sunday, 14 June 2009
Cordy House is a dynamic event space on Curtain Road hosting fashion shows, samples sales, press days, fashion shoots and private parties galore. We first made acquaintance with Cordy House last year when it acted as home-base for the 'Shoreditch Shuffle' and its rooftop terrace as a barbecue/lounge spot.
Thanks to the unique location and music from singer/rapper/electro-girl Goldielocks (not to mention the open bar) the party provided an ideal escape from the circus Shoreditch becomes on a Friday night.
A huge thank you to Red Bull Music Academy and to our friends at Modus PR.
Saturday, 13 June 2009
Friday, 12 June 2009
- ▼ August (7)
- Brick Lane Vintage
- Get Krump!
- Why Don't You... Sing Some Motown?
- Much like this snazzy dwelling on Columbia Road,...
- Coming Up...
- Shoreditch Services - Locked out?
- Lovebox Fever - let's hear it for the boys...
- Lovebox Fever - 2 days to go and festival fashion ...
- Coming Up...
- Radical Nature
- SHOREDITCH CALLING: POETS AND FILMMAKERS
- Market Mayhem... Part 3
- Top Ten - Shoreditch Street Art
- Our Second Home
- A Quick Read
- Unconventionally conventional - Gilbert and George...
- Gig tonight.
- Shoreditch in the News!
- Why Don't You... Check out the Idea Generation Gal...
- Shoes of Shoreditch
- Books. Art. Books+Art. Book Art.
- This Week...
- Top Ten - Shoreditch Street Art
- Coming Up...
- A truly beautiful day in the neighborhood!
- Market Mayhem Part 3
- Why Don't You... Take A Drawing Class?
- Top Ten -Shoreditch Street Art
- Degree Art Shows
- Market Mayhem... Part 2
- Tuesday night. Movie night.
- Pixies Surprise Show!
- Philanthropic Theatre
- Top Ten - Shoreditch Street Art
- A Shoreditch speciality- warehouse parties.
- Job Alert!