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
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
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
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
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
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
Spotted on Hallesches-Tor-Brücke (old Belle-Alliance-Brücke) in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Spotted at Nachbarschaftshaus Urbanstrasse, the former officers´ casino of the Garde-Pionier troops from Blücherstrasse barracks.
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
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
Spotted in Marheinekeplatz this morning.
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
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
Spotted yesterday in Bergmannstrasse in Kreuzberg.
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
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
Spotted in Odessa in April 2011.
Spotted today in Bergmannstrasse.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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