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WHEN GÖRLI WAS A BAHNHOF: THE STORY OF A VANISHED STATION

Many places in Berlin continue to exist today in nothing but curious, often old-fashioned names. Gone is the ski-jump which was the namesake for Zehlendorf’s Sprungschanzestraße; gone the vineyards and … Continue reading

Sep 13, 2018 · 8 Comments

SO 36 YEARS AGO

This original 1979 film has already been featured on kreuzberged before but because of its immense historic as well as sentimental value we are going to present it again. It … Continue reading

Feb 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

NO-BAG LADIES: FIRST WRAPPING-FREE SUPERMARKET OPENS IN THE KIEZ

With each of us producing some 250 kg of plastic wrapping rubbish a year, it might sound like a good idea to stop. But how do you do this if … Continue reading

Sep 12, 2014 · 3 Comments

ROLLING THROUGH GÖRLI

Since the latest measures to curb drug-dealing kicked in and the policemen and policewomen can be seen doing their beat through the park on regular basis, Görlitzer Park looks astoundingly … Continue reading

May 24, 2014 · 3 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 7th – THE TWELVE STREETS OF KREUZBERG

Here´s a little repetition for our new readers (especially those living in one of the mentioned streets)- a text just as true today as it was exactly a year ago. … Continue reading

Apr 16, 2014

STAYING IN THE DARK

You like to listen? You like the radio? You like adventure? Then it is time to get In The Dark at their next event at “Madame Claude” in Lübbener Straße … Continue reading

Apr 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

GÖRLI, DRUGS AND NO ROCK`N`ROLL

Well, it seems that the story of Görlitzer Park´s “Untergang” has entered another chapter. And if you thought the situation was bad in summer then, well, think again. As “Tagesspiegel” … Continue reading

Feb 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

LOVE YOUR KIEZ: KEVIN RUMLEY CROPS THE SCHLESICHE STRASSE BLOCK

From Kevin Rumley for Crop The Block project: a short film about Schlesische Strasse and the importance of being one with the place where you live. Well made, witty and … Continue reading

Jan 20, 2014

YOU ARE HERE: GÖRLITZER BAHN BRÜCKE

Hard to believe but this rather sparsely furnished landscape is one of the busiest Berlin neighbourhoods today. According to the statistics, at the end of 2010 there were some 12,164 … Continue reading

Jan 14, 2014 · 4 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: DECEMBER 3rd – PFUELSCHE SCHWIMMANSTALT

On December 3rd, 1866, a cold and 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

Dec 9, 2013

YOU ARE HERE: WIENER STRASSE 10

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

Sep 25, 2013

GÖRLI NEEDS YOU or BATMAN, WHERE ART THOU?

The portal BerlinOnline informs that on September 14th – this Saturday – all fans and supporters of Görlitzer Park are invited to help out with the cleaning of the park … Continue reading

Sep 10, 2013

KREUZBERG ON FILM

In 2007 RBB (short for Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg), the national broadcaster for the states of Berlin and Brandenburg, produced a first-rate documentary about – yes, you´ve guessed it – the … Continue reading

Aug 19, 2013

THE FLAME IS OUT – FAREWELL TO FESTSAAL KREUZBERG

One of the first useful things to learn when you are young is that nothing ever stays the same and all is in the state of flux. Once you leave … Continue reading

Jul 25, 2013

CAKES FOR GRASS HEADS OR BUSINESS IN KREUZBERG

The word “Kreuzberg” brings to one´s mind many associations but “business” is certainly not one of them. “Fun” – yes. “Problem” and “zone” – absolutely! “Hip” – is the Pope … Continue reading

May 24, 2013

KREUZBERG´S CORNERS AND EDGES

A great tribute to Kreuzberg´s Ecken und Kanten (corners and edges): from the unkempt charm of Görlitzer Park and Manteuffelstrasse to the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie in SW 61 … Continue reading

May 24, 2013

SPOTTED IN PASSING: RAINY SUMMER IN GRIMMSTRASSE

Spotted last summer at Wrangelbrunnen – that year the fountain often remained dry while the heavens were spitting down water. Not the way God intended it to be:)

May 3, 2013 · 2 Comments

SPOTTED IN PASSING: FISH & HOOK

Spotted in Skalitzer Strasse in SO 36.

Apr 8, 2013

TODAY IN BERLIN: APRIL 7th – THE 12 STREETS OF KREUZBERG

April 7th, 1839 and 1849 in Berlin witnessed the naming of no fewer than 14 streets and plazas in Berlin-Kreuzberg only. The sometimes old and in several cases newly built roads ceased … Continue reading

Apr 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: ROBERT CRAY

This being principally “a place-blog” – a blog about the place where I live and where everybody should spend at least some of their lifetime – an awful lot of … Continue reading

Jan 23, 2013

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: DECEMBER 19th and 20th

What was good for Vidal Sassoon is good enough for me: today “two in one”. For today we shall be visiting a street and a church. December 20th, 1905 It … Continue reading

Jan 13, 2013

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: DECEMBER 12-14 – THE BATTLE OF FRAENKELUFER

1980 There are several events in the modern history of Kreuzberg which can be described as true milestones: the occupation of Bethanien Krankenhaus in 1971 (this beautiful old hospital by Theodor … Continue reading

Dec 18, 2012 · 5 Comments

MYTHOS KREUZBERG

Mythos Kreuzberg is the title of the documentary film about the borough produced by RBB, the local TV and radio production company for Berlin and Brandenburg. It tells the story … Continue reading

Dec 5, 2012 · 5 Comments

LAST MONTH IN KREUZBERG: JULY/AUGUST STREET EXTRAVAGANZA Part II

Here are the next couple of streets whose names appeared in street logs of Berlin in summer. July 29th, 1865 Flottwellstrasse. Relatively few people, yours truly included, realise that this … Continue reading

Aug 14, 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

THE SKY CAVALRY ARE THERE OR GO TO SLEEP, IF YOU CAN

Tonight I shall go to bed and be lulled to sleep by the constant and not so quiet drone of the police helicopters hovering over Kreuzberg. In some strange and … Continue reading

May 1, 2012 · 3 Comments

HEY, FREAKS! OR GUERILLA SINGERS HIT SCHLESISCHER TOR

I am not into crowds. Crowds are scary, dense, sticky and they tend to move in mysterious ways. I avoid crowds as much as I can and am lucky enough … Continue reading

Apr 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: APRIL 12th

1893 You might not notice it while walking or cycling but one look on the map of Görlitzer Park and the area around it (or a short flight above it) … Continue reading

Apr 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

WHOS´AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD WOLF OR KREUZBERG MINUS MOJO

During an air raid in March 1943 a bomb hit a small petrol station in Kreuzberg. Luise Butz´s business on the corner of Schlesische Strasse 33/34 and Cuvrystrasse 50/51 blew … Continue reading

Mar 26, 2012 · 3 Comments

TIME TO CALL THE SHERIFF OR CRIME (AND SO FAR NO) PUNISHMENT IN KREUZBERG

Allegedly, today in the late afternoon another robbery took place in Kreuzberg  – after the last week Friday armed attack inside Kino Babylon in Dresdner Strasse, the robbery in Glogauer … Continue reading

Mar 13, 2012 · 4 Comments

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

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: PETER FOXX

Whenever in doubt as to whether the light at the end of the tunnel is the exit or the fast train Hamburg-Berlin charging in your direction, listen to Peter Foxx. … Continue reading

Feb 15, 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

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: BIG STU & CHEESEPIE TAKE IT TO GÖRLI

I admit that never before have I heard of Big Stu or Cheesepie, two charming and very obviously non-American (for so I thought before I was told they are actually … Continue reading

Jan 25, 2012 · 4 Comments

TODAY IN KREUZBERG: 21 and 22 JANUARY

It is not easy to keep up the head-spinning pace of running a daily column but I am doing my best regardless. Since the last weekend I was quite busy … Continue reading

Jan 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: RUMER

I am smitten. And you will be, too. By the way, spotted Kreuzberg in the clip?

Jan 17, 2012

KREUZBERG – THE FINE KOST OF LIVING

Today´s Berliner Zeitung announces what we have known all along: Kreuzberg is getting too expensive for its own good. With a median nett household income of 1,400 Euro in 2010 … Continue reading

Dec 7, 2011

SPOTTED IN PASSING: WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW

… is more people placing funny and semi-philosophical messages on the windshields of their (preferably vintage Citroen or Mercedes) cars. Like here in Naunynstrasse last week.

Dec 1, 2011

THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT OR GÖRLI BY NIGHT

In yesterday´s Tatort (for the readers from beyond the Rein and the Oder: the most successful German TV crime series filmed always in the same several chosen cities; also: one … Continue reading

Nov 28, 2011 · 3 Comments

VELVET BULLETS OVER KREUZBERG

So you are in Berlin today and have an evening to spare. And you are not afraid of coming to Kreuzberg. Oh, you would be surprised how many people I´ve … Continue reading

Nov 28, 2011 · 2 Comments

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: THORN IN THE SIDE, STILL HAPPY

Radio Eins is probably the only Berlin radio station I can count on playing songs that would make my middle-aged heart jump and pogo all around the room. Pogo being … Continue reading

Nov 23, 2011

SPOTTED IN PASSING: MANE, TEKEL, PERES

The writing´s on the wall, dear reader. In Kreuzberg, on virtually every single one of them. The message below is particularly telling:)

Nov 16, 2011

MAKE SNOWBALLS NOT WAR: THE BATTLE OF GÖRLITZER PARK

In the middle of this drizzly day it might not look like it yet but snow is coming. So apart from de-mothballing your winter coats and mittens as well as … Continue reading

Nov 15, 2011

THE LONG NIGHT OF FLAT PROMISES

Oh, shame! The event of the week went by almost unnoticed on our private little hospital ward for kids with Bad Stomach Bugs (watch out, it spreads like fresh gossip … Continue reading

Oct 27, 2011

THE LAST LEAVES OF AUTUMN or LANDWEHRKANAL COLOUR PARADE

Since there is no denying the fact that it´s almost November and very soon the couleur-et-lumiere show that´s been running almost non-stop in Kreuzberg since September will be very much … Continue reading

Oct 27, 2011

FROSTY IN KREUZBERG

This photo was taken four days ago at 8.12 AM, when the first frost was to be seen in the morning. Our heating has been on since then although we … Continue reading

Oct 19, 2011

KREUZBERG MORNINGS OR SUMMER IN AUTUMN

We have been collectively blessed with the most stunning summer weather this autumn in Kreuzberg. It would be a pity not to have captured it for those days when the … Continue reading

Oct 4, 2011

IT WASN´T ME, OFFICER

Do you have a car? Is it comfortably sized? Does it catch the eye of the the passers-by and send subliminal messages to the effect of: “Yes, we have been … Continue reading

Sep 1, 2011

METHINKS IT IS TIME TO DO SOME SHAKESPEARE, ALTER!

In Görlitzer Park, the place seldom considered to be a fountain of high culture and a meeting point for more refined tastes, the impossible is happening: Shakespeare´s Henry IV is … Continue reading

Aug 28, 2011 · 2 Comments

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