Hackney chef Atreka runs a Caribbean vegan restaurant and says she's all about eating naturally and promoting 'livity' - or life energy. Holly Chant reports

Hundreds of kids from east London primary schools got together to build a model bridge at Olympic Park last month.

A church in South Hackney has donated £1,200 to Homerton's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The unit is one of the busiest in Britain, providing vital specialist care to some of the most vulnerable babies born sick and premature.

What The Pitta is a finalist for Best Takeaway in the British Kebab Awards this year. The exclusively vegan kebab shop was the only one in London when it opened and its owners say it was risky starting an exclusively vegan kebab shop.

Stoke Newington's family-run Testi restaurant has served its customers kebabs and classic Turkish dishes for the last 20 years. Its young owner explains why he thinks his family's restaurant has thrived whilst so many fail.

Thousands of shipping containers are abandoned and left to rust every year, but a Hackney inventor has a plan to make better use of them and help communities affected by natural disasters.

Special police arrangements were put in force at Old Street Magistrates' Court 60 years ago.

Police launched an investigation after failing to find a missing man's body in Clapton Common pond.

Parents and carers are "heartbroken after being told a much-loved children's centre in Lower Clapton will stop its daycare services.

Jone da Cruz thinks more young people in Hackney could benefit from learning on the job like he did. He's worked his way up from apprentice to site manager of a block in Chobham manor - the first of five neighbourhoods being built at Straftford's Olympic Park.

Almost 90 per cent of people surveyed by the council say Hackney Carnival makes them feel proud of the borough - but more will be done this year to reach out to more parts of the community.

Hackney residents came together on Holocaust Memorial Day to remember and pay tribute to the millions of victims of genocide around the world and to honour all those who have survived the atrocities of war and conflict.

He will be a familiar face to many already from the BBC's The Mash Report, but Hackney's own Steve Allen has joined the Gazette to write a regular column. Holly Chant meets the man from The Mash.

While independent venues struggle to stay open across the country, Paper Dress Vintage - a boutique turned live music venue - has managed to survive financial crashes, rising rents and an ever-changing London landscape by becoming one.

Hackney's first Beauty Bank at The Castle Cinema in Homerton by a local volunteer.

Students are leading the way in vital research to improve police relations and tackle knife crime in the UK.

Susan Smith reversed her type 2 diabetes and lost over five stone three years ago after joining a local Slimming World group at the Stoke Newington's Old Fire Station on Leswin Road.

A Clapton nurse who moved to Hackney from Jamaica in the 1950s has died aged 101.

A secret GoFundMe campaign is raising money to take two girls on their first holiday after they lost their mother to cervical cancer.

Ethiopians, Eritreans and Rastafarians came together with friends, family and guests on January 7 to celebrate an Ethiopian Christmas in Hackney.

Every year an amateur theatre company called The Victoria Park Players puts on a pantomime to raise money for charity.

After 150 years of selling sundry goods on Commercial Street to market vendors and stores all over London - Gardners - one of the oldest family-run shops in the east end will close this month.

Pupils from The Olive School in Stoke Newington spent the festive season raising money and collecting gifts for St Joseph's Hospice and Hackney Foodbank.

St Mary's Church in Stoke Newington is proudly displaying a life-size nativity scene made by year six students at St Mary's school.

Students from Simon Marks Jewish Primary school shone bright like the candles in a Minorah on December 12. They filled their school hall with music and song as they told the story of Chanukah - a Jewish tradition that's over 2,000 years old.

A group of older actors have travelled across the borough dazzling audiences and making them laugh with their pantomime production of 'The Magic Suitcase.'

Carers in Hackney aged 50-and-over got together to make their own wallpaper and share personal experiences of life 'Beyond Care'. They exhibited and celebrated their work with an exhibition and launch party at U7 lounge in Hoxton.

Hackney families put their boots on and wrapped-up warm to welcome the winter at a free community event at Hackney City Farm.

Students from five Hackney schools came together to compete in an acting competition at Bsix College in Clapton on Friday.

Hackney Foodbank is braced for Christmas as it struggles to cope with a 54 per cent increase in the number of people using its services this year.

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