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Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin And Kreuzberg

BERLINERISMS PART 3: GOLDEN LIGHT AND PREGNANT OYSTERS

 ERICHS LAMPENLADEN / BALLAST DER REPUBLIK / PALAZZO PROZZI Erich´s Lamp Shop / The Ballast of The Republic / The Flaunt-It Palace (“prozzi” from protzen – to show off, to … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

BITS AND PIECES OF BERLIN: THE NIGHT WATCH A.D. 1843

Did you know that in 1843 the streets of Berlin were patrolled by 160 Nachtwächter (night watchmen) and 10 Nachtwachmeister who were their direct superiors? At the time London had … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLINERISMS PART 2: WHICH WAY, BITTE, TO THE PLADELÜ?

LANGER LULATSCH (The Lanky Lad) The Funkturm or Berlin Radio Tower built at the Messegelände (Berlin Trade Fair Grounds) in 1924-1926 right in time for the Great German Radio Exhibition … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

BERLINERISMS PART 1: FROM THE ALEX TO THE TELE-SPARGEL

ALEX (Alexanderplatz) Stands for Alexanderplatz and not the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) – the name is often mistakenly used to talk about Berlin´s long-limbed post-GDR symbol. In fact, it applies to … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

FROM WASSERKLOPS TO BONNIES RANCH – BERLIN NAMES FOR BERLIN PLACES

Berliners are known for several things: their grumpy air, their talent for lightning-fast repartees and their talent for coining humorous names for any piece of architecture that stands out in … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: AUTUMN IN BERLIN

In Berlin everything smells of coal smoke and fallen leaves – some of the best scents in the world. So have a beautiful autumn Friday and remember: time to get … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THREE MONKEYS

Spotted in passing in Ritterstrasse, Berlin – Kreuzberg.

September 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

AMERIKA GEDENKBIBLIOTHEK CELEBRATES ITS 60th BRITHDAY

She´s 60, she´s hot and she´s just been lifted to perfection: Amerika Gedenkbibliothek or American Memorial Library re-opened after one year of renovations just in time to celebrate her on … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

LAST CALL FOR PERGAMON

An important message for all Berlin visitors and all locals planning to (finally!) go and see the world famous Altar of Pergamon at the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin-Mitte. With the next … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: SMILE!

Spotted in Carl-Herz-Ufer, Berlin-Kreuzberg.

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: HANGING OUT

Spotted in Moritzstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

September 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

BITS AND PIECES OF BERLIN: PUMP IT UP

Berlin´s Street Water Fountains by Notmsparker Did you know that Berlin has 2,107 officially registered street water fountains (mostly hand pumps) which are regularly serviced and in running order? Berlin´s … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

FROM THE BERLIN SHELF

BERLIN SHELF “Why is Berlin special? Certainly not for its beauty or its state of preservation. Berlin in fascinating, rather, as a city of bold gestures and startling incongruities, of … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

NO-BAG LADIES: FIRST WRAPPING-FREE SUPERMARKET OPENS IN THE KIEZ

With each of us producing some 250 kg of plastic wrapping rubbish a year, it might sound like a good idea to stop. But how do you do this if … Continue reading

September 12, 2014 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: SEPTEMBER 10 – U1 is born

1896 Siemens & Halske, probably the most famous German electrical engineering company in the history of cables, glow tubes and telecommunications, known today as Siemens AG, begin the construction of the first … Continue reading

September 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Good morning, Berlin!

Spotted in passing on the corner Waldemar- and Adalberstrasse, Berlin – Kreuzberg.

September 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

THE NEWS OF YESTERDAY: EAST BERLIN

On August 3, 1973 the local East Berlin newspaper “Berliner Zeitung” (one of the best and most popular local newspapers today) informed its readers about the latest fashion craze in … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

WHEN WOWI DAYS ARE OVER

He won the post, came out as gay before the gutter press did the outing for him, turned the city into an undisputable Hub of Coolness and spent 13 years … Continue reading

August 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

UFF ´NE JESCHMINKTE LAURA

What do you do with “´ne jeschminkte Laura” or “´ne Knacker und ´ne Molle” and does being “Dreikäsehoch” help you in your everyday life in Berlin? It seems that like … Continue reading

August 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

OUT AND ABOUT: 5 YEARS OF BETAHAUS IN KREUZBERG

Betahaus, possibly the most innovative, friendly and inspiring co-working space in Berlin, is celebrating its 5th birthday this weekend. You can join the party and meet a crowd of equally … Continue reading

August 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

OUT AND ABOUT: SUNSET BOULEVARD AT THE “ARSENAL”

Billy Wilder’s 1950 Sunset Boulevard starring the inimitable Gloria Swanson as the faded silent movie star Norma Desmond and William Holden as the unsuccessful scriptwriter Joe Gillis, is one of the … Continue reading

August 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

ERICHS LAMPENLADEN: Berlin’s Palast der Republik

A PALACE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE Bright, modern and open to all (10am-midnight daily), East Berlin’s Palast der Republik was an immediate sensation when it opened on April 25th, 1976 … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: UP!

  Fernsehturm or the TV Tower built in the former East Berlin between 1965 and 1969 (official opening on October 3, 1969). At 368.03 metre it is still the highest … Continue reading

August 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

“When Cookies Come, Neighborhoods Crumble” – Gentrified Daily

Here is a tongue-in-cheek area gentrification test designed for the city of San Francisco in 1985 we found through the excellent page of City Lab. Funnily enough, if you take … Continue reading

August 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: OST!

Spotted in Berlin-Mitte. The Volksbühne Theatre at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in Berlin-Mitte (orig. Bülowplatz) designed by Oskar Kaufmann and built in 1913-1914. The costs of construction were partly covered with the donations … Continue reading

August 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: AUGUST 14 – COLUMBIADAMM

1950 Surprising as it might sound, Columbiadamm, usually associated with Neukölln or Tempelhof, is part of Berlin-Kreuzberg, too. In fact as of August 12, 2014 – only a week ago … Continue reading

August 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: AUGUST 8th – CUVRYSTRASSE

1858 Did you know that Cuvrystrasse is one of the oldest streets in today´s Wrangelkiez and Kreuzberg in general and that when built in 1852 it used to stretch from … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: DARKNESS AT NOON

Spotted in passing in Gleisdreieckpark,  Berlin – Kreuzberg.

August 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: DAYS ARE HANGING DOWN LIKE WEEPING WILLOWS

How about a fantastic little video of a little bus tour through West Berlin in the 1960s with the music by Gerd Wilden? See the wonderful lady who steps out … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: TALK TO ME

Spotted in the courtyard of the Höfe in Alte Jakobstrasse.

August 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Spotted in passing: The Long Shadows

Spotted under Fernsehturm in Berlin – Mitte.

August 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: RE-PRE-SENT

Spotted in Reichenberger Strasse in SO36.

August 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

BITS & PIECES OF BERLIN: WHO TALKS ON THE TRAIN?

Did you know that almost all of the so called “Ansagen” or recorded messages heard inside Berlin S-Bahn trains are spoken by one and the same person? The well-known voice … Continue reading

August 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

MARTIN GROPIUS´ BIRTHDAY

Yesterday, August 11th marked the 190th birthday of Martin Gropius, one of the leading architects of the 19th century Berlin and the great-uncle of Walter Gropius of the Bauhaus fame. Most … Continue reading

August 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: COMFORT ZONE

Spotted in passing in Schleiermacherstrasse in Berlin – Kreuzberg.

August 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: AUGUST 1st – THE XIth SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES BEGIN

Here´s an event that was important on a much bigger than only on the Kreuzberg scale – in the summer of 1936, three years before the outbreak of WW2, Berlin hosted … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

ÜBERLIN ÖPENING PARTY IN KREUZBERG

Big thank you to Überlin for their grand opening party last night at what must be the best looking co-working space in town. It is run by Zoe and James, … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

BERLIN: THE OBITUARY

Oh, we´re so over, so over here in Berlin. No longer cool, no longer sexy but still poor like hell. And while the competition around the Republic is blowing its … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

IN ANOTHER SUMMER IN BERLIN

Here is a short melange of several amateur films made in Berlin between 1957 and 1960 before the construction of the Berlin Wall. It shows a city literally rising from … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: RAIN OVER THE PLEASURE GARDENS

Here is a photo taken waiting for the rain at Berlin´s Lustgarten (Berlin-Mitte) where in the case of a real downpour one can seek shelter at Berliner Dom or alternatively get … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

A LAUGH A DAY: “S*** EXPAT BERLINERS SAY”

To continue the Berlin and comedy theme touched upon in the last post: here´s Nate Blanchard recapitulating the typical Berliner wanna-be paroles (filmed on location in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and Neukölln). Open … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

EXPAT CHORTLES AT INTERNATIONAL COMEDY SHOW

When going gets tough and life´s no longer your oyster, there are two things you can do: lie down and mop or stand up and laugh. Go for the latter … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

THE WIZARD OF THE LENSES: GERD DANIGEL´S PHOTOS OF BERLIN

Depending on whose philosophy you follow, photography is there either to preserve or to change the reality it captures. A regular street scene – the walking people, the cars that … Continue reading

August 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: BACK IN BERLIN – KREUZBERG

Kreuzberg at its welcoming best and unfiltered:)

August 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF 3rd DEGREE

Spotted in Warsaw during a special police equipment show on July 26th, National Police Day in Poland.

July 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

AWAY

Sometimes it’s necessary to leave in order to see how amazing other places are and how fantastic it feels to go back home when the adventure comes to an end. … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

KARSTADT AM HERMANNPLATZ ON A SUNNY DAY IN JULY

Spotted from the roof terrace at Karstadt in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

July 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE LANDING OF THE SPACE INVADER

Spotted in Mariannenstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg.

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: JEDER FÜR SICH ALLEIN

JEDER FÜR SICH ALLEIN (Everyone for themselves) Spotted at the car park at Karstadt am Hermannplatz, Berlin-Kreuzberg.

July 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

ALFRED GRENANADER – THE U-BAHN MEISTER OF BERLIN

The chances are that if asked to name ten important Berliners, 95% of those enquired would fail to mention his name. Although his works fill the streets of Berlin both … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · 4 Comments

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