KREUZBERG´D

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

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

SPOTTED IN PASSING: GOATS STARING AT BOYS

Spotted at the Streichelzoo (City Farm) in Görlitzer Park, Berlin-Kreuzberg. Opening hours in summer: Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri 10am – 7pm and Sat/Sun 11am – 6pm.

July 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

An Einem Sonntag Im Sommer 1942

The following film was made in Berlin in the beautiful summer of 1942. And it has everything that one would hope to see in such material: sunny streets, lovely sightseeing … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

BERLIN IN THE SUMMER OF 1930

Here is a short film – most likely a medley of different recordings made in Berlin around 1930 – showing the city during one of those wonderful summer days before … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

DID YOU KNOW: LUNAPARK HALENSEE

Did you know that between 1903 and 1933 Berlin could pride itself on being home to the biggest and most exquisite amusement park on the continent? Lunapark Halensee at the eastern shore … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

BERLIN RAIN

Haus Vaterland at the old Potsdamer Platz, looking towards today´s Stresemannstrasse, painted by Lesser Ury in the 1920s. A beautiful, rainy, old Kreuzberg picture for a beautiful rainy Kreuzberg day.

July 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

DON´T LOOK BACK IN ANGER

With Tempelhofer Feld aka Tempelhofer Freiheit secured as a recreational area also for the future generations, let us cast a glance at what the Tempelhofer Airport looked like in the … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

THINKING PERSON´S LAST REFUGE

After what feels like months but in fact lasted just over one week, the occupation of the Gerhardt-Hauptmann-Schule in Ohlauer Strasse in Kreuzberg is over. A group of mostly African … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

DID YOU KNOW: HOW GREEN IS BERLIN?

DID YOU KNOW that out of 842km² that Berlin covers today 14.9% of all space are the so called “traffic areas” (streets, motorways, bike roads, etc.) That might seem like a … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JUNE 30th – FROM PIONIERWEG TO BLÜCHERSTRASSE

1836 What Elisabeth-Kinder-Krankenhaus (today KEH Krankenhaus Lichtenberg or Diakonissen Krankenhaus), the city historian and town registrar Johann Fidicin, writer Alfred Döblin (the author of the novel of the Weimar Republic era in Berlin, “Berlin Alexanderplatz”) and … Continue reading

July 1, 2014 · 3 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: SWEET SINS

” CHOCOLATE IS GOD´S ANSWER TO BROCCOLI” Spotted at Chocolateria Sünde in Heinrichplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

June 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

POETRY CORNER or UPON RETURNING TO BERLIN-KREUZBERG

The photo below, taken in the woods far out in Brandenburg inspired a little memory jog involving a truly great poem. And so while the whole world seemed to be … Continue reading

June 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

BECAUSE I ALWAYS TALK TO STRANGERS

Passing through the Friedhöfe Vor Dem Halleschen Tor (cemeteries between Mehringdamm, Zossener-, Blücher- and Baruther Strasse, I was stopped by a happily round gentleman who was keen on telling me … Continue reading

June 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

JUTEN TACH BERLIN

According to many people who lived in Berlin in the 1930s, despite the official signs of adulation, Adolf Hitler was a very much unpopular character in Germany´s capital. Considered to … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JUNE 5th – BROMMYSTRASSE

1906 At 95 metres Brommystrasse is the 7th shortest street in Berlin-Kreuzberg – shorter even the tiny and quaint lane known as Kleine Parkstrasse, hidden between the numbers 77 and … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: No. 9

Spotted in Urbanstrasse, Berlin-Kreuzberg.

June 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT’S INSIDE ANOTHER

Beautiful new graffiti is being born at Mehringplatz in Berlin – Kreuzberg. Soon the wall opposite this one will become home to a work by another artist. Sadly, we were … Continue reading

June 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JUNE 12th – POLES LANDING IN WEST BERLIN

1982 What the whole of Kreuzberg and the rest of Berlin were talking about that day were the three young Poles who arrived in West Berlin in an unorthodox and … Continue reading

June 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: IT´S ALL SO QUIET

Spotted in Grimmstrasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

June 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

S-TUMBLR´ED UPON – TUMBLR BLOGS ABOUT BERLIN AND GERMAN

Here are some lovely Tumblr blogs either related to Berlin or to German as a language. What they have in common is their authors ingenuity and wit. They are, however, … Continue reading

June 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

YOU ARE HERE: BRACHVOGELSTRASSE AT THE CANAL

  Here´s the path at Landwehrkanal running along the dead “arm” of Brachvogelstrasse in the direction of Waterloo Brücke. It was only after the WW2 that this small section of … Continue reading

June 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

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