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TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 4th – THE MAYOR´S NEW SEAT

Oberbaumbrücke - the bridge connecting/dividing Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg (photo: notmsparker)

Oberbaumbrücke – the bridge connecting/dividing Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg (photo: notmsparker)

On April 4th, 2000 representatives of two soon-to-be-one Berlin boroughs, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, met to discuss an important question: where should the future mayor of F´Hain-XBerg reside?

As finding an answer to this query proved harder than expected, one of the participants succinctly summed up the situation as follows: “I have just had about enough of the long squabble, that only costs us money, time and plenty of administrative efforts,” (Helios Mendiburu, SPD, the then Mayor of Friedrichshain).

So both sides agreed to proceed in a way that could be described as reflecting the spirit of both districts: they flipped a coin. Heads for the Eastern side of Oberbaumbrücke and tails for its western end in Kreuzberg.

Friedrichshain won.

And so thanks to an old 5-Mark coin today´s Madame Mayor of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Monika Herrmann, has her main office in Frankfurter Allee 35-37.

But she´s a regular guest at Rathaus Kreuzberg in Yorckstrasse as well. Because nothing can beat the food and that view from that canteen in the 10th floor. Coin flipping or not:)

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