Readers and contributors

We’re having our regular monthly editorial and social evening at 7pm tonight (Tuesday 2 April) at Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association, 39 Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RX. Come along and meet the neighbours and enjoy some food and drink.

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And here’s a round up of the latest news over the past seven days or so… 

Why are buildings on Charlotte Street empty? We tell you why

Marsha Rowe, co-author of Characters of Fitzrovia, tells The Australian how the feminist magazine Spare Rib got started

Independent local shop Fitzrovia Bicycles is featured in Bike Radar And we discovered one of the shop’s owners leads a double life playing drums with the band Nitkowski

There’s another graffiti artist competing for attention with Banksy in Fitzrovia

Marlon Abela bought Bertorelli in Charlotte Street in 2010 and was due to open it last year. It didn’t happen

The Washington Post observes that the wait at Bubbledogs in Charlotte Street can be up to two hours on weekends, so customers indulge in a pre-dinner street party outside. Apparently the fashionable media-types from the local Fitzrovia neighborhood bring along cans of gin and tonic to sip while they brave the elements. (At the end of a Saturday evening, the sidewalk is strewn with empties.)

Artist Ian Brice wrote to tell us about an exhibition of his in Stepney. “I am having a show of my column paintings in a church in Stepney.” Brice was once a litho printer in the basement of 28 Charlotte Street, the home of Adrian & Corinne Heath. Ian Brice, April 19 – May 8, 2013 St Dunstan & All Saints Church, E1

And finally our neighbours in Bloomsbury are about to submit a Neighbourhood Area application to Camden Council ahead of creating a neighbourhood area forum under the Localism Act.

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