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SHAKE IT IN KREUZBERG: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DANCE & MUSIC

For all those of you fond of prancing, swirling, jigging and skipping as well as learning what dancing means in other corners of the world and cultures – a treat. … Continue reading

Apr 26, 2017

WAITING FOR THE BOMBS TO RAIN

Anti-air-raid drill carried out in Bergmannkiez in Kreuzberg in March 1935: here a photo taken at Marheinekeplatz, with Passionskirche belfry in the top-right corner. The corner house on the right … Continue reading

Nov 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

HERR DR SIMON’S EMPORIUM OF CARTOGRAPHIC DELIGHTS

Jesse Simon, a friend and a neighbour, is not only an expert in all things opera as well as in antic Roman imagery, but he also happens to be a … Continue reading

Jun 16, 2014 · 5 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MARCH 15th – HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARHEINEKE MARKTHALLE

Originally known as Markthalle XI and like all other 14 Berlin market halls designed by Hermann Blankenstein (more about him here), Marheineke-Halle between Zossener Strasse, Bergmannstrasse and Marheineke Platz in … Continue reading

Mar 21, 2014

HOW DO YOU KNOW IT IS SPRING IN BERLIN

It´s simple: either you step outside and get drunk on the beautiful warm fresh air OR you look at the pictures below – a foolproof sign that it is Springtime … Continue reading

Mar 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JUNE 22

1910 Prof. Konrad Zuse, German engineer and the inventor of the first working programmable computer in the world is born in Berlin. All of the four computers designed and made … Continue reading

Jun 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: OVER THE BRIDGE

Spotted on Hallesches-Tor-Brücke (old Belle-Alliance-Brücke) in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

Jun 20, 2013

SPOTTED IN PASSING: THE SUPERNOVA

Spotted at Nachbarschaftshaus Urbanstrasse, the former officers´ casino of the Garde-Pionier troops from Blücherstrasse barracks.

May 29, 2013

GET YOUR SOAP BOX AND GO – SEIFENKISTENRENNEN IN KREUZBERG

Seifenkistenrennen or Soap Box Derby has a long tradition in Kreuzberg. Between July 16th, 1949 and today there have been 54 occasions for home-made vehicles to start their four-wheeled downhill … Continue reading

May 26, 2013

NOT DEAD CALM BEFORE THE STORM: THE CARNIVAL OF CULTURES BEGINS!

Exactly this very moment the first floats are rolling out onto the streets and the first dancers are shaking their booties, starting the 2013 Karneval der Kulturen in Kreuzberg. 4,000 … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · 4 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: GOOD MORNING, KREUZBERG

Spotted in Marheinekeplatz this morning.

May 15, 2013

SAW IT ON TV: RBB DOCMENTARY “DAS NEUE BERLIN”

A great Berlin documentary on RBB (Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg) about the new Berlin – full of incomers, foreigners, people with talent and ambition (often all of the above at once:-) … Continue reading

Apr 16, 2013

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MARCH 12 – WILLIBALD-ALEXIS-STRASSE

1889 Two streets on Hobrecht´s original plan for urban development of Berlin: Nr. 23b und Nr. 27b, Abt. II des Bebauungsplanes are given a joint name of Willibald-Alexis-Strasse. As part of … Continue reading

Mar 12, 2013

SPOTTED IN PASSING: WAKING UP FROM LONG WINTER SLEEP

Spotted yesterday in Bergmannstrasse in Kreuzberg.

Mar 5, 2013

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: DECEMBER 26th

I am almost done – far behind the schedule but nevertheless. Let us bring the series to the end. 1874 Three very well known Kreuzberg streets are given their proper … Continue reading

Feb 13, 2013

TRIGGER-HAPPY IN KREUZBERG: TRUE COLOURS

Winter is hard: it is cold, it is long and it seems to suck the light and the colours out of everything it casts its icy eye on. Here´s a … Continue reading

Feb 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: ODESSA MON AMOUR

Spotted in Odessa in April 2011.

Dec 24, 2012

SPOTTED IN PASSING: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HARRY P?

Spotted today in Bergmannstrasse.

Dec 24, 2012

CHRISTMAS IN KREUZBERG

Having almost missed the “deadline” for this year´s Christmas, I am particularly happy to wish you all very merry (and if you are in Berlin a tad wet. and cold… … Continue reading

Dec 24, 2012

IBRAHIM IN KREUZBERG

It was while looking for the of U1 line that I found his paintings online and was immediately smitten. If you should be considering a Christmas present for me, do … Continue reading

Dec 19, 2012 · 1 Comment

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

This song literally saved my day today. With all the bleakness and cold damp outside, the world is definitely nobody´s oyster. And then thanks to Romano´s blog and his great … Continue reading

Dec 19, 2012 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVA

Spotted in Berlin-Mitte.

Dec 4, 2012 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN BERLIN: NOVEMBER 15th

A short note about an electrifying place. 1929 In Bergmannstrasse 5-7 where now the so called Ärtztehaus spreads its mock-1920s façade (and in order to see how very much “mock” … Continue reading

Nov 19, 2012 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: SEPTEMBER 23rd

1933 At Passionskirche in Marheinekeplatz a group of 117 children – mostly from the 83rd Volksschule (in Dieffenbachstrasse, Kreuzberg) is christened during a group ceremony. Their fathers are all members … Continue reading

Oct 24, 2012

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: SEPTEMBER 11 or WHEN FOOTBALL CAME TO KREUZBERG

1897  In an inn Düsterer Keller (also known as Zum Düsteren Keller) in today´s Bergmannstrasse 107 the representatives of six Berlin football clubs establish the Verband der Deutschen Ballspielvereine (Federation … Continue reading

Oct 4, 2012

THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BIO-BOURGEOISIE

On one of the fantastic blogs I follow, Observing Hermann, I read something that made me laugh out loud and spit my “Feel-Good Organic Tea” (the last straws I´m grabbing … Continue reading

Sep 20, 2012

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: SEPTEMBER 3 – MARHEINEKE MARTKHALLE RE-OPENS AFTER WW2

1953 Marheineke Markthalle, the place where prices might be indecent and which was literally murdered and gutted during the renovation somewhere around 2007, but where where sooner or later everybody … Continue reading

Sep 18, 2012

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: AUGUST 28

1998 In Methfesselstrasse 7 (Lichterfelder Strasse 7 before 1935), on the wall of the house where the engineer´s workshop used to be, a plaque commemorating Prof. Konrad Zuse is revealed. … Continue reading

Sep 4, 2012 · 1 Comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: AUGUST 26 – FROM PIONIERWEG TO THE VINEGAR FACTORY

At least two events dated August 26th are worth mentioning today and both took place in the first half of the 19th century. 1813 The sandy road connecting Hallesches Tor … Continue reading

Aug 29, 2012

LOVE AND DEATH IN ZÜLLICHAUER STRASSE

Some streets are apparently so bleak and unassuming that it´s easy to miss them at all. It´s not that they are boring and often they far from being ugly, too. … Continue reading

Aug 20, 2012 · 4 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: LOST IN THE PAST

Somebody lost this photo at the dry cleaners in Bergmannstrasse. It has been hanging there for a while, taped to a promo stand for Sea Life show with hundreds of … Continue reading

Aug 5, 2012

SPOTTED IN PASSING: SMILE, YOU ARE IN KREUZBERG

Owning a camera, a good camera has a wonderful effect on one´s perception. You do notice more things than you otherwise would simply because you are – subconsciously – in … Continue reading

Jul 31, 2012

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JULY 16th

Back from extensive travels and burning to continue, I shall begin my post-holiday posting with a bit of movement. Here it is. 1949 It is the day of the very … Continue reading

Jul 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

FESTIVITIES GALORE! OR KREUZBERG GOES MERRY

Even if like myself you are a big fan of stay-at-home activities (which might or might not involve the so called intellectual effort) two things should still make you leave … Continue reading

Jun 30, 2012

THINGS THAT HAPPEN ON THE WAY TO THE PLAYGROUNDND

My son is sick. One of my numerous sons. It is nothing grave that he has: a bit of fever, a bit of mad look in his lovely shiny eye, … Continue reading

Jun 7, 2012 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MAY 16th

To continue the topic of the favourite drink of the borough. Where today second-hand clothes, shoes, bags et al. are exchanged for forever higher amounts of crisp Euro banknotes – … Continue reading

May 23, 2012

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MAY 8TH

What would Kreuzberg be without Bergmannstrasse, without the canal or without U1 cutting through it gently like a steel flying carpet? Or what would it be without Marianneplatz, Viktoria Park … Continue reading

May 12, 2012

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 20th – Kleine Parkstrasse

What a day! In 1837 somebody was very busy making Tempelhofer Vorstadt bigger, better and properly labelled. 1837 So little time and so many new streets to name! On April … Continue reading

Apr 22, 2012 · 5 Comments

AS I WALKED OUT ONE MORNING or A LOCAL DECLARATION OF LOVE

April might be the cruellest month but on such an April morning like the one I stepped into today, it´s impossible not to rejoice in the fact that you live … Continue reading

Apr 19, 2012 · 1 Comment

SPOTTED IN PASSING: FASTER THAN THE BIKE

Apr 18, 2012 · 2 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MARCH 29 – NAZI FILM CENSORSHIP MADE IN KREUZBERG

1933 The new film of Fritz Lang, whose other productions known as M and Metropolis are THE classics of the world cinema today, Das Testament des Dr Mabuse is officially … Continue reading

Mar 29, 2012 · 1 Comment

OVER THE ROOFTOPS OF or TIME TO ZOOM AGAIN

The rooftops of Paris might be the most famous but Kreuzberg holds its own where charm and beauty are concerned. Here is the necessary evidence, gathered on top of our … Continue reading

Mar 24, 2012 · 1 Comment

THE BRITS HAVE IT OR THE WONDERS OF ONLINE RESEARCH

Here is a true gem that fell into my lap a couple of days ago – I am so grateful that I was wearing my glasses then for I could … Continue reading

Mar 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MARCH 15 – MARHEINEKE MARKTHALLE OPENS

Happy Birthday, Marheinke Markthalle! On March 15th 2012 the most popular market hall in Kreuzberg has reached its 120th year – unfortunately, no balloons, no confetti and festivities were not … Continue reading

Mar 15, 2012

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: MARCH 6 – HERMANN BLANKENSTEIN

1910 Hermann Blankenstein (actually, Hermann Wilhelm Albert Blankenstein), an architect, dies in Berlin. Without him the borough of Kreuzberg would certainly not be what it is and surely not what … Continue reading

Mar 12, 2012 · 5 Comments

NOTHING COMPARES TO HER OR SINEAD’S ANTE PORTAS

Passionskirche in Marheinekeplatz, where every week apart from the obvious spiritual support brings another good (up to excellent) concert, is also a place of moving come-backs and shaky débuts. Big … Continue reading

Mar 5, 2012

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: FEBRUARY 22 – LICHTERFELDERSTRASSE

1876 My ever favourite street and the place where all this began – the loving part of my stormy relationship with Kreuzberg, the research, the book, the blog – gets … Continue reading

Feb 22, 2012 · 8 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: FEBRUARY 8

Due to a sudden bout of flu or some other nasty pest in our household I am making a little calendar U-turn here. But bear with me: murder is always … Continue reading

Feb 13, 2012

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: FEBRUARY 2 – GÖRLITZER STRASSE

1869 In 1866/1867 Berlin-Görlitzer Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft (Berlin-Görlitz Railway Society), which has just seen its main project – Görlitzer Bahnhof – come to fruition, decides the brand new railway station needs an … Continue reading

Feb 3, 2012

MUSIC SOOTHES THE NERVES: MADELEINE PEYROUX´S COVER OF JOSEPHINE BAKER

Feb 3, 2012

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