Believe it or not but the band singing the best woe-to-you-winter song ever written – a song about L.A. (where else?), drinking (what else?) and working on some unspecified but … Continue reading
Spotted in Oranienstrasse corner Alte Jakobstrasse in Kreuzberg 61. About the exhibition: Barbara Klemm, one of the best contemporary German photographers and the woman who had them all before her … Continue reading
1815 On December 8th, 1815 Carl Erdmann Menzel, a stone printer from Breslau (today Wroclaw) and his wife welcome their new born son. The boy shall be named Adolph Friedrich … Continue reading
Spotted in Yorckstrasse, SW61, Berlin: a three-dimensional inflatable scuplture.
Here is a new interpretation of Ernst Herter´s famous scuplture Der Seltener Fang (A Rare Catch) standing since 1896 at the foot of Kreuzberg in Viktoria Park in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The … Continue reading
Spotted from Tempelhofer Ufer, SW 61.
Spotted in the old Rathaus Kreuzberg in Yorckstrasse, SW 61.
1866 On December 3rd 1866, a cold damp Berlin winter day, the country and the king were in mourning: General Ernst von Pfuel was dead. Gone was the man who … Continue reading
Spotted in Admiralstrasse in SO36.
Storm is brewing over Berlin today. With wind blowing down its streets at up to 100 km/h possibly even for the next couple of days, it might be a good … Continue reading
An amazing painting by Hans Baluschek, dating back to 1929. Today it is part of the collection of Stadtmuseum Berlin. Der Großstadtwinkel is also known under another title as Der … Continue reading
In his 10 Rules for Writing Fiction published in the UK by “The Guardian” Jonathan Franzen, a brilliant and by now super-successful and super-famous American novelist, tells aspiring authors: “You … Continue reading
Last weekend I had to go to Poland again. In Szczecin (former Stettin) my parents were waiting to see me and to pick up a parcel I brought them. The … Continue reading
Spotted in Jüdenstrasse, Berlin-Mitte.
1960 At Mariannenplatz in SO 36 a “new” memorial for Berlin fire-fighters who lost their lives while on duty is revealed . “New” because it replaced the original memorial placed … Continue reading
There are two things you will never forget, sometimes try as you might: the smells and the sounds that you experienced and that mattered. The whiff of your mum´s perfume … Continue reading
An original radio recording of a Berlin air-raid made by the BBC on September 3rd, 1943 and aired two days later. It is also a series of interviews with people … Continue reading
If you should be in Berlin today, of Friday November 22nd, do not be alarmed when at 7.30PM many church bells start tolling. Exactly 70 years ago, on November 22nd … Continue reading
Old Berlin image: the view from Jannowitzbrücke towards the old Waisenbrücke (built 1892–1894 and blown up by the Wermacht troops, the repaired bridge was finally dismantled in 1960 as no … Continue reading
It is the nature of cities to change. Like snakes they shed their skin regularly and grow new one – one that makes them prettier, tougher, more resistant and better … Continue reading
It is small, it is cosy and it is high: this week SPUTNIK KINO in Hasenheide 54, placed in the 5th floor officially the highest cinema in Berlin, is beginning … Continue reading
Spotted in Tempelhofer Ufer (seen from U-Bahn Station Hallesches Tor) in Kreuzberg 61.
An alternative Berlin Underground map by Redfern Jon Barrett and found through ÜBerlin blog. Things you should know before you get onto that U-Bahn train:-)
This magnificent mural was created by Os Gemeos (Brasil) and Aryz (Spain) in Roosevelta Street in Lodz, Poland, for the Galeria Urban Forms, a project attempting to integrate large-scale street-art … Continue reading
Originally posted on Under a Grey Sky:
As regular readers of Under a Grey Sky will know, I am closely involved with the Slow Travel Berlin project. What began as…
“What´s Up Across The River” is a new topic series on this blog created to give vent to a deeply sentimental, long-distance yearning for a place that is like Kreuzberg … Continue reading
Courtesy of the author Mortimer Slomo.
This video was filmed at several abandoned locations in Berlin – something this city still has plenty of. Is it art? Who cares as long as it pleases the eye?
“The memorial, designed by Zvi Hecker together with Eyal Weizman and the artist Micha Ullman, is made of rows of concrete benches built in the exact location of the benches … Continue reading
Exactly 75 years in the night 9/10 November 1938 Hitler and Goebbels unleashed the beast that was to devour millions of human lives and prove yet again that nothing can … Continue reading
And since I am at it (please see the post about the cinema in Hasenheide Street published today), here is a wonderful painting by Hans Baluschek “Amusement Park in Hasenheide” … Continue reading
Umbo (Otto Umbehr) took this picture of the acrobats at Berlin Winter Garden show somewhere around 1932. Umbehr, a former Bauhaus student and a follower of Johannes Ittens became interested … Continue reading
1910 During the first decade of the 20th century Berlin-Kreuzberg saw the opening of its first eight proper (read: used mostly and entirely for presenting films) cinemas. In fact, it … Continue reading
My eldest son has chicken pox. We did not need to take him to any of the so called “chicken pox parties” (not that it would have crossed our minds … Continue reading
Spotted at Heiliger-Kreuz-Kirche in Blücher-/Zossener Strasse in Kreuzberg 61.
Should you have been looking for His Majesty Kaiser Wilhelm II and his lovely spouse, Kaiserin Auguste Viktoria on October 27th 1888, then the surest way to find them would … Continue reading
Spotted in Böcklerpark in Kreuzberg 61.
This wonderful piece was written by Friedrich (later also Frederick) Hollaender, an extremely talented Jewish musician and composer born in the UK but with the peak of his career in … Continue reading
Spotted in Schleiermacherstrasse in Kreuzberg 61. Clearly in a run-up to Halloween next week;-)
1435 If you believe that out of the two halves of Berlin-Kreuzberg, it is SO36 that should be considered the Mother of All Things Riot and the cradle of (urban) … Continue reading
As a sequel to the two previous posts (here and here) about the Königliche Sternwarte in Berlin-Kreuzberg, here is one more piece of information that came as surprise after a … Continue reading
Königliche Sternwarte (Royal Observatory) built “am Halleschen Thor” (at the Gate to Halle) in 1832-1835 and designed by Berlin´s über-architect, Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The building was demolished in August 1913 … Continue reading
1846 Johann Gottfried Galle, a German astronomer born in Radis, a small village in Saxony-Anhalt, who at the beginning of 1835 joined the team working at Berlin observatory in today´s … Continue reading
Spotted in Berlin-Kreuzberg 61, west of Mehringdamm.
The former Sturmlokal (regular meeting point in a pub or restaurant) of the SA Assault Division 27 was known before the war as “Wiener Garten”. The house survived the war … Continue reading
Today, on September 22nd 2013 for the first time since I moved to Germany in 2003 I was allowed to cast a ballot in a federal election. My new German … Continue reading
At 12.00 PM sharp first celery roots and tomatoes cut quick arches through the air, swiftly followed by billowing clouds of flour and a battery of water-bombs. Dozens of eggs … Continue reading