Wednesday, 31 December 2008
Monday, 29 December 2008
We all love Victoria Park with all it's ponds, trees, sports facilities, cafes, playgrounds - but most of all - it's green!!
But it could do with a bit more work - and we can all make it happen!!
Boris Johnson has decided to give a few parks some extra money, but we need to do a bit of work for it.
Please visit http://london.gov.uk/parksvote/region/northeast/victoria.jsp and click on 'Vote For Victoria Park'. Then we could get some improvement of the gateways at the southern end, improved footpaths, new signage installed, natural play areas created & plenty more benches for people to relax and enjoy the view.
Please Hackney Wick - even if you don't spend too much time in Viccie Park - please vote as many times as you can - and then you will want to spend a lot more time admiring your handiwork this summer!!
Hey Hackney Wick!! We have new neighbours!!!
I know that we are world famous for our welcomes, so please make our new friends very welcome to the Wick won't you?
But did you know that just below the flats in Vantage Square, there is a huge amount of retail space!? This is actually quite a serious subject for us here in Hackney Wick.
Just what kind of shops & services occupy these outlets is so very important to us all in hackney wick.
If it simply gets filled with bookies, fried chicken shacks & more off-licenses - then it will attract some serious anti-social behaviour at all times of the day & night.
But put in a lovely supermarket, a deli, a greengrocer, fish monger, bakery, butcher, cycle shop, bookshop, etc - then it will start feeling like the village that the Wick is!
I have spent a few hours outside in the freezing cold all along the sidewalk, and this is the wish-list of what some of you want so far......
Art gallery/art store, bookshop, world deli, cycle shop, pharmacy, bakery, library, comfy coffee bar, computer games shop, green grocer/plant nursery, general store, creche, lidl, hair dressers, local crafts shop.
The rest is up to all of us. There are some seriously talented people here in The Wick. Please suggest some more ideas for what shops you would like to browse around in.
But then....... please start talking to all your friends & family - and convince some of them to actually propose approaching the developers Family Mosaic on 020 7089 1315
Please check out: http://vantagesq.co.uk/cms/view/id/19/cms/view/id/3
OLD LONDON BRIDGE
WAS PRESENTED TO HER MAJESTY
BENJAMIN DIXON ESQRE JP
FOR THE USE OF THE PUBLIC
AND WAS PLACED HERE BY ORDER OF
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE W. COWPER
HER MAJESTY'S WORKS AND PUBLICS BUILDINGS
Sunday, 28 December 2008
So for anyone who doesn't know about the Lets Move To........ series in theGuardian - they pick a different part of the UK each week - & give a very short, concise summary of the area - just in case you were thinking of moving there!
Well...... here's their Hackney Wick pitch (from the 27th September 2008).
What's going for it?
Since Andy Warhol bedded down in Manhattan's SoHo in the 60s, thereby grabbing himself a decent return on his property portfolio as well as a hip venue for his happenings, all estate agents worth their salt have kept a sharp eye on the avant garde.
From Chelsea to Camden Town, Clerkenwell to Shoreditch, arty-farties have a neat nose for squirrelling out the gentrified burbs of the future, but with even Dalston gone posh, where's a penniless artist to suffer now? The Wick.
Hackney east of Well Street Market is where you'll find genuine bona fide artists in genuine bona fide crumbling warehouses. See through the dour landscape of flyovers, lock-ups and lap-dancing clubs, and you'll discover a neighbourhood of Somalian cafes and tasty Turkish grills, vast, atmospheric green spaces such as Victoria Park and Hackney Marshes, and a fierce local community.
And prospects: the Olympics site abuts.
The case against
You'll need unbridled, Pollyanna-ish optimism or the imagination of an artist not to feel glum most mornings. It's had its heart ripped out once already by the roaring A12. Now the Olympics promise more ripping, plus endless politicking and HGVs. Crime, misery, poverty and dirt, etc.
The A12 at least gets you in and out. Other roads east and west are tortuous. Beware the rush hour. But when the North London line becomes the London Overground, up to 10 trains an hour are promised by 2010, connecting Hackney Wick station to the underground and Eurostar at Stratford.
Gainsborough primary and St Dominic's RC primary rated "satisfactory" overall. Kingsmead primary 'good' overall, as is Cardinal Pole RC secondary. The new mixed City of London KPMG Academy opens next year, with a specialism in finance.
Hang out at ...
Mapps Cafe on Chapman Road.
Where to buy
As close to Victoria Park as you can. The western side of the park has come up in the world, especially around Lauriston Road. The eastern side still feels scruffier, though the roads east of Well Street Common and Cadogan Terrace (which backs on to the A12) have nice, often sizable, Victorian terraces. Plenty of new-build infill, too, from the 90s, and fancier apartment blocks currently being built.
One-bed ex-councils, from £130,000; two-bed, from £150,000.
One-bed terrace conversion and new-build flats, £150,000-£200,000;
Period terraces, from £300,000-£600,000.
Bargain of the week
Two-bed modern terraced house on Daintry Way, £255,000, with Harbour Residential (020-7474 9313).
From the streets of Hackney Wick
Bernard McGuigan "I have had a studio at Hackney Wick for 15 years (I am a sculptor). Since the likes of the Chapman brothers set up here, it now has become known as Hackney Chic."
Simona Dell'Agli "Hackney Marshes are a paradise for dog-walking, the space is huge and empty. The walk along the river Lea might be muddy, but the area's so far removed from London zone two, and in spring resembles a jungle."
Hilary Powell "I spent three years living in one of the factory studios on White Post Lane. We've seen the area changing rapidly. Although it's still pretty 'out there', we've really noticed it being 'cleaned up and cleared out'."
If so - then please click on the 'comments' tab below & let us all know.
Well then we could ALL start working on getting them spruced up. A few shrubs here, some daffodil bulbs there, a sunflower forest in that corner, a willow tree draping over that path, a virginia creeper climbing up that neglected wall!
Come on Hackney Wick - this is OUR home! Let's turn OUR home into a fantastic oasis that will make us all feel great walking, riding, cycling, jogging through!
Thursday, 25 December 2008
Monday, 22 December 2008
Remember when the whole of Hackney Wick got so very excited about the Legacy for Arena Fields?! We thought the International Press Centre & Media Centre were going to be built in Arena Fields.
This in turn would convert into a fantastic venue for some massive Media Company to base themselves. BBC, NBC even MTV were whispered about.
Then came along the Credit Crunch!!
So what next? Is there anything we Wickers can do? Does anyone have any connections in the Media world that you could have a chat to? Anyone on first name terms with Bill Gates?
Let's all discuss this serious problem on this site. Surely with all the creativity bouncing around The Wick - we should have some answers to this horrible predicament the international bankers have put us in?!
Friday, 19 December 2008
Can you believe what an amazing local swimming pool we are going to have in a few short years?!
Yes - Hackney Wick - about 5 minutes walk from the train station - and you can be cooling down in the middle of summer under Zaha Hadid's stingray roof!!
Okay - so in these crunch credit days - we've lucked out on the kids leisure pool alongside it - but still this is going to be an incredible local facility for all of us to enjoy.
Please check out http://venues.london-2012.co.uk/Aquatics-Centre/ for the Olympic spin on it - but all we need to know is that we are going to be the envy of the rest of London!!
This is the old entrance to the Spegelstein & Sons factory in Wallis Road in Hackney Wick, East London.
If you know of anyone who worked in the factory, has any old pics of it, knows any of it's history, has any of it's products - anything - please send them to us here on this Hackney Wick blog.
We are desperate to start recording all of our amazing areas history before the Olympic Juggernaut obliterates everything in its path - and anything you may have about Hackney Wick will be ever so greatly appreciated!!
There is some interresting history on this webpage of daro:
PS: Robert Stone of Daro was kind enough to lend some of the archive pics from Spegelsteins/Daro to this blogsite. Robert - thank you so very much - the more we all show & tell about Spegelsteins - and all of Hackney Wick - the more we keep it's history alive!
The following pics are all credited to Spegelstein Daro Archives:
1950's street shot of our premises which have changed considerably over the years to what you see today. The only car in the street belongs to Mr Spegelstein
This is probably a 1940-50's shot of what was known as the "Press Shop" where metal components would be pressed from steel strip.
This is the only building left out of the whole Kings Yard. All the surrounding factories were demolished to make way for the bio-generator for the Olympic site.
Pic London 2012
Alexander Parkes 1813 - 1890
Monday, 15 December 2008
The Hackney Wick Community Association gives notice that the Annual General Meeting of the Board is to be convened 19 January 2009 at 7.00 pm.
For business to be conducted at this meeting we require a minimum of 25 Full Members of the Association to attend.
At the meeting it is proposed to elect three (3) Full Members to the Board of Trustees for the Association. Nomination forms are available to collect from HWCA, requested by phone (020 8986 1999) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nominees must be Full Members of the Association and proposed and seconded by existing Members.
Members of the public wishing to become Full, Associate, Affiliated or Junior Members of the Association are invited to request a membership form using the above contact details or to visit our building to complete the form.
All residents of the local community within the Parish of St Mary’s of Eton are eligible to become Full & Junior Members. Residents outside of this boundary are welcome as Associate Members. Local training, education, sports, and other organisations with an interest in our community are welcome as Affiliated Members.
We look forward to welcoming you at our EGA.
The Board of Trustees
Hackney Wick Community Association
The Old Baths, 80 East Way, Hackney Wick, London E9 5JH