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Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Riveting Rivington

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
United Kingdom
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

In the Future... (and some history)

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

Top Ten Shoreditch Street Art

#6 found on Waterson St.

Neighborhood-ly Citizen of the Week.

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

An explanation.

We have all been out of the neighbourhood recently so apologies for the dire lack of posts. If it's any consolation we were unbearably homesick.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Little Georgia Cafe

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.  

Located on 87 Goldsmiths Row, Bethnal Green.

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