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I’m not sure how much use a larger playground will be to anyone at Mandeville Primary School if they can’t afford homes when they grow up.

I am not religious, but religious groups are part of Hackney’s fabric. They are our friends, our neighbours, our community.

Better late than never. The London Fields Lido reopens tomorrow – more than six months after it was meant to.

Terrifyingly, it’s a year since the Gazette launched its Hidden Homeless campaign.

Former Hackney councillor, activist and “great bloke” Cam Matheson has died at 75.

When I lived in Walthamstow, I cycled over the River Lea at the bottom of Spring Hill every day.

It’s hard to believe Hackney came so close to having a motorway ploughed through its heart.

A surge of “aggressive driving” in the streets around Cycle Superhighway 1 (CS1) from car and scooter users means another string of road closures could be on the cards.

I was impressed to see Phil Glanville taking a public HIV test as a means of confronting the stigma around the illness.

Cinemagoers at the Rio were left wishing for a silent night when a Christmas cabaret act overran in the foyer – drowning out the film inside.

Phil Glanville marked World AIDS Day by taking a HIV test in front of the cameras – in the hope of spreading a lifesaving message.

A teenage boy was today being held on suspicion of murder following a fatal attack in a Seven Sisters Road cafe.

Transport bosses have awarded Hackney Council £10million to make four lethal junctions safer – including the notorious Pembury Circus – and encourage people to get out of their cars.

The Rio Cinema will mount and illuminate a huge Christmas tree above its doors in support of World Aids Day tomorrow.

I have to wonder what makes someone stuff a boiler suit with cardboard tubing and dump it in a canal.

Hackney Council has rubber stamped a plan to refurbish and redevelop the Haggerston Baths building into shops, community spaces and offices.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will top the bill on the final day of All Points East in Victoria Park, it can be revealed.

The Gazette hunts high and low each week to bring you news of the most interesting new businesses in Hackney. This week, a trail of breadcrumbs led us to, er, Breadcrumbs Game, the Lower Clapton business offering museum fans a new way to experience their favourite places.

London Fields Lido is still unlikely to reopen for “several weeks”, the council has admitted.

A lot of attention will be focused on the Old Bailey when Arthur Collins is sentenced on December 19.

Police footage of a fire engine stuck in a Stamford Hill street for 40 seconds because of a man’s stupid, irresponsible parking is outrageous.

I’m still relatively new to Hackney, so I love reading the Gazette’s weekly history features.

LCD Soundsystem and Björk will join The xx as headliners at Victoria Park’s new All Points East festival next year, organisers have announced.

The promoter behind Field Day has ruled out holding the three-day festival in Finsbury Park next year – despite having applied to Haringey Council for permission to do so.

Scotland Yard today renewed its appeal for information about the murder of star Hackney Bulls player Ziggy Owusu as he tried to break up a fight.

Readers of the Gazette who live in Hackney or Tower Hamlets have access to an exclusive pre-sale for All Points East in Victoria Park from today.

Over the last few weeks, the Gazette has painted a pretty depressing picture of housing in the borough.

A 10-day music and community festival headlined by The National and The xx – and starring 200 other acts – will replace Lovebox and Field Day in Victoria Park next year.

We took a fair bit of ribbing on social media when we ran the grainy, blurred photo of Micha Birgitta’s attacker earlier this month.

The price of housing in Hackney, measured by square metre, more than doubled between 2004 and 2016 according to new government figures.



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