Half Bread Half Butter

The fashion tradeshow for selected brands known as Bread and Butter was in the news today – for half a reason: in the future the tradeshow will visit Berlin only once a year, instead of twice.

I must say I don’t even know what’s all the fuzz about? Already years ago I would have suggested exactly this – but of course nobody eery asked me about this matter. I anyways never understood why you would have to have a tradeshow twice a year – in the same spot. Ok – it’s fashion – but is it really a that big thing?

And then there is Berlin winter. The Berlin weather conditions around the beginning of the year would be reason enough to not have the tradeshow around that time of the year: cold, dark, windy – and probably either muddy, dirty or ‘just’ wet. Not really the nicest surroundings, especially if you compare it to Barcelona.

So now we will have Bread and Butter in Berlin in summer – which is nice. And Bread and Butter in Barcelona in winter – which probably also is quite nice. And former airport Tempelhof will also in the future host the event. Which is also nice.

Bread & Butter Berlin Airport Tempelhof

© breadandbutter.com / Marco Magnago

Berlin Football – Public Viewing Mayhem

Just in case you’re wondering, what’s all this mayhem across Berlin City today: it’s the semifinal football world cup match between Germany and (ta-dah!) Brazil.

Weather you’re interested or not – you probably can’t really avoid seeing, hearing and probably even feeling it: Football’s in the air (yes, over here Football in the name of the game) and in almost every bar, every television set, every corner. Be it in the usually quite quiet greens of  Tiergarten – you’re just around the corner of Germany’s biggest public viewing event. Be it in ‘alternative life style-ish’ Prenzlauer Berg – most likely even the smallest Hot Dog booth will have a flatscreen on display, showing the game. Be it in high quality shopping and culture destrict around Kurfürstendamm – you will witness a car parade, honking their way through Charlottenburg. This – at least – is my impression, 4 hours before kick off.

The weather may not be good enough to actually join any of those numerous open air public viewing arenas – but – be sure: if you really want to see the match, there is plenty of options. Just walk into the next bar or kebap restaurant and ask – since the first big public viewing mayhem in 2006 ‘every locality’ will most likely have a TV and probably also turn the volume up when the game is on.

Well – what else can I say? Enjoy the show! And just in case you are not interested in Football (or Soccer) and would like to avoid this ‘circus’ with all its ‘clowns’ –> please try to relax… It will be over soon anyways.

Update: the weather was just fine, and thousands of fans witnessed this incredible match: Germany won over Brazil 7:1 !! So… Here’s the next / the last three public viewing opportunities for this World Cup:
1) Wednesday July 9th Argentina vs. Netherlands
2) Saturday July 12th ??? vs. ???
3) Final: Sunday July 13th ??? vs. Germany

Update: Ooops – they did it again! First Brazil 7:1 !! And then the german team also won against Argentina in the world cup final – which means: germany is Weltmeister!
Outside there’s fireworks, some fire fighters and police cars can be heart – and cars honking their way up and down the road (“Autokorso!”). Hurray. Congrats!

see also: Berlin info page “public viewing”

Berlin Football World Cup Public Viewing 2006

Berlin Football World Cup Public Viewing 2006 – more Berlin Pictures over at bilderbook.de/berlin

Carnival of Cultures and Streetfest

It’s this time of the year: temperatures are rising, Carnival of Cultures Parade is marching, Streetfest is bubbeling – Kreuzberg is celebrating the Carnival of Cultures 2014.

This year I am again not actively taking part in Carnival of Cultures and the related open air / street party  – but of course one somehow can not avoid the festival feeling when traveling to / through Kreuzberg this weekend.

Berlin Hallesches Tor Kreuzberg

All weekend U-Bahn line U1 is packed with party people of all ages and origins. Many people are dressed up for the special occasion, some are even wearing costumes. Everything is ok, everything is fine.

From Friday till Monday the street fest near U-Bahn station Hallesches Tor is the hot spot. Four stages (Bazaár Berlin, Eurasia, Farafina & Latinauta) offer live music from all around the world – all day – all for free. And over 300 booths invite you for a special snack.

June 6 – 9 2014
Berlin Kreuzberg
Blücherplatz
Friday 16 to 24
Saturday / Sunday 11 to 24
Monday 11 to 19

I made it to a friend’s balcony and took this photo. What you can see is the U-Bahn Station Hallesches Tor, probably “THE” station this weekend. And you can see the ‘fog’ – or actually it is smoke – that probably comes from dozends, if not hundrets of mini grills. Greatness. Bon appetit!

See also:

Further information about the Parade and the Street Festival: www.karneval-berlin.de
Photos, live stream, interviews at Radio Eins www.radioeins.de/veranstaltungen/kdk

another real estate project in Prenzlauer Berg

If you’ve been to Kastanienalle in Prenzlauer Berg, you probably know this wide open space opposite of the Biergarden Prater that was used as a parking area for ages. Nothing special – just some space for about 100 cars, some trees, some trash, some graffiti – a short cut and an open view connecting Kastanienallee and Schönhauser Allee.

Now these times seem to be over. Yesterday I witnessed the first tree cutting activities. Today the roar of the chain saw continued – I expect all trees gone by the end of this day.

Of course this didn’t come as a surprise. The typical Berlin gaps (Baulücke) became quite rare over the last few years and at least since I saw the construction site at Schönhauser Allee / Cantianstrasse I expected some construction activities in Kastanienallee rather sooner than later.

So – what is the plan for the ex-parking gap between Kastanienallee 97-99 and Schönhauser Allee 148? The online news magazine prenzlauerberg-nachrichten.de seems to know: a 30 Million Euro apartment and commercial project – both rental and for sale. On the front towards Kastanienallee the focus will be on apartments, on the front facing Schönhauser Allee it will be office space. A walk through / passage connecting both streets is officially part of the project – but we’ll see what will be left of that. Since the architect (Grüntuch Ernst) seems to be the same as the one that designed the real estate project Marthashof in Schwedter Strasse, I have my doubts if that passage will actually be accessible for the public. Or maybe that passage will be used as a mini shopping mall – packed with fast food restaurants, shoe shops and a Starbucks coffee shop? That would be… I don’t know… We’ll see.

Berlin Prenzlauer Berg – Ex-Parking

Find a selection of other projects by Grüntuch Ernst to get an idea, what this spot might look like when the building is built: www.gruentuchernst.de/eng/berlin1

Berlin alcohol laws – your country (DE) has been blacklisted.

Wow. “Your country (DE) has been blacklisted.”
That’s a welcome message of a quite special kind.

When I was browsing through Berlin related news this morning, a report about Berlin’s alcohol law caught my eye. The headline “Berlin will allow 2 am last call” already suggested that that Berlin probably wasn’t this Berlin. And the teaser text went on “authorizing restaurants and bars in Berlin to serve alcohol until 2 a.m” leaving me with the certainty, that the article was actually not affecting night life in ‘my Berlin’, but about local alcohol lays somewhere in the U.S. of A.

Nevertheless I wanted to read up that story, thought it would give me some goose bumps, imagining it was about this Berlin, capital of Germany. I tried to imaging what a great hoax it would be to tell people, from now on they would only be serves alcohol until 2 a.m. – especially since ‘everybody’ knows Berlin is a 24/7 city where the bars only close, when either the last bar fly or the bartender decides to leave the building. For people in Berlin, New Hampshire this may be great news – for people Berlin, Germany however this would be the end of night life in Berlin, as we know it.

Berlin alcohol drinking laws

Clicking that link then lead me to a page that said “Your country (DE) has been blacklisted.”. Huh. No offense – but whoever designed that error message could probably have added some piece of additional information. Or? Well. Anyways – It must be quite a bit frustrating when you’re running a local newspaper in a small town newspaper in New Hampshire, population around 10.000, and then there are all these people that would like to read english/american news about Germany’s capital Berlin. So in that sense I do understand to block a website for a hole country – but the error message could indeed be a bit more ‘welcoming’ :)

Berlin Daily: country blacklisted error message

see also:
Website of the The Berlin Daily Sun
www.berlindailysun.com
Website of the City of Berlin, New Hampshire
www.berlinnh.gov
The Berlin Daily Sun at Wikipedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Berlin_Daily_Sun
Berlin, New Hampshire at Wikipedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin,_New_Hampshire

Happy New Year! Happy New Berlin!

You might have recognized it already: this blog has just once again made a dramatic domain move: from ticket2berlin.com –> back to nuBerlin.com – and I like it. Why? Well – to start from the beginning: first I thought “nuBerlin” was a too freaky domain to be recognized – too unprofessional – and ticket2berlin would sound more attractive, appear more reliable. This would be the domain where you could find useful information about Berlin – preparing yourself for a trip to the B-City… And first I liked the “ticket” beeing part of domain name. First of all it would underline the traveling point of view, and then it would also be useful keyword for SEO. And last but not least I hoped to have a “ticket” in the name would attract advertising clients.

Long story cut short: after a couple weeks I already disliked the commercial aspect of having a “ticket” in the domain name. So –  I packed my things and moved back to nuBerlin.com – the original domain plan.

Why am I telling you all this? What does it have to do with the Happy New Year? Well – I just made the move yesterday, 1st of January 2014 –– and since the domain name relates to something like “New Berlin” I thought I let you guys know. Ah – and the twitter account also changed back:
twitter.com/nuBerlin_com
Please feel free to follow – and I might actually follow back :)

And then there’s also this gorgeously boring video I wanted to embed and share: riding on the Berlin S-Bahn on New Years Evening between Hackescher Markt and Westkreuz – and you can see all the fireworks along the tracks. On midnight the train stops at Hauptbahnhof / Central Station. No sound – bring your own. Greatness.

first Pictoplasma 2014 artists and speakers announced

It’s Pictoplasma’s 10 year anniversary next year – and the first round of artists and speakers for the 2014 Pictoplasma Berlin Festival and Conference 2014 was just announced. And all the characters are probably already excited to celebrate and rock the Babylon from 30 April – 4 May 2014.

From their website: “5 Inspiring Days With Conference Lectures, Artist Talks, Exhibitions, Group Shows, Animation Screenings… And A Big Birthday Party!”

So if you’re into animation and/or character design and all that jazz please feel free to find details and datasheets about Pictoplasma Berlin Festival and Conference on their website over here:
berlin.pictoplasma.com

The full programme will be announced in February 2014.
Via www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/news/illustration/pictoplasma-berlin-festival-2014-artist-…

storm passing through Berlin region

For today and tomorrow an official weather warning for Berlin (and other regions) has been released: a heavy storm named ‘Xaver’ is passing through. The speed of wind is expected to go up 100 or even 150 km/h – that’s around 60 – 100 miles per hour. It might rain and/or snow during the evening and night time.

…blogging the storm: I’ll update this post whenever there’s news to report about the storm or damage the storm has done to Berlin and Berlin region…

Fr. 17:00
It’s still a bit windy in Berlin, some “snow” came down, some construction sites collapsed – business as usual. Berlin streets looks way worse after 1st of May or New Year’s Eve.  Berlin traces of storm Xxaver

Fr. 11:05
Heavy winds, but little damage – currently that seems to be the conclusion / the after math. Although maybe it’s still too early the storm is not quite gone yet. Officials just renewd the storm warning and at least until the evening hours one shold still be quite careful when outside.

01:00
Now weather forecast service says the worst is already over? Good. We’ll see tomorrow morning…

18:30
Weather forecast service says the wind peak is expected for tomorrow morning.

18:00
Most of Berlin’s christmas markets will close their doors early today – or at least close their roundabouts and Ferris wheels will shut down. Schools will be open on Friday, but parents may decide for themselves if they want their kids to school. And Berlin firefighters have been asked for help in storm related incidents for about 25 times in the last two hours.

16:00
Over here you can find a loop of satellite images –>
www.wetterdienst.de/Deutschlandwetter/Satellitenbilder/Satellitenfilm/
…quite impressive to see, how the storm is slowly moving across northern Europe, approaching Berlin area… – …I guess I’ll soon pack my things, go home and have a cup of tea…
Just read on Twitter: “Svend or Bodil? Denmark and Sweden cant even agree on the name of a storm.” lol

15:20
When outdoors you should watch out for things flying around like parts of trees or roofs or flower pots that could fall off balconies. If you have a balcony yourself or flower pots attached to your windows please make sure everything is stable and in a safe position. In case you’re leaving your appartment check your windows and make sure all windows are closed. Fasten your seat belts and put your seat in an upright position…

Information Pavilion at Airport Tempelhof

The airport is closed, the green is open to the public. But what are the future plans for the “Tempelhofer Feld”?

Now there is a new information pavilion – an info-box located near the main entrance, providing information about the future use case scenarios of the airport’s taxiway area. And since the hottest topic probably currently is the potential development plan, the information provided focusses on the possible (or impossible) plans to build hundreds – or even thousands of apartments, but also a library and other buildings on former airport grounds.

here you can read about the pavilion in german and enjoy an aerial image of the development plans:
www.berlin.de/aktuelles/berlin/…-senat-informiert-ueber-bebauung-des-temp.html

 

 

Berlin Christmas Markets

It’s this time of the year, that not only christmas markets are popping up here and there and everyhwere, but also aticles and blog posts about christmas markets. Why? Because it’s this time of the year…:)

In case you’re not aware of the german tradition of christmas markets, here’s a short intoduction: about a month before christmas, you can see these ensembles of booths beeing installed and combined with christmas trees, special light installations – sometimes even rides like roundabouts and ferris wheels are added. The booths will probably offer everything and anything from Glühwein (punch) to diy-socks, from candy to curry wurst. Depending on the *theme* of the market (if there is any) the range of goods offered may vary.

In smaller town you’ll find these arrangements probaly on some central square, probably on some market square, probaly near city hall. And since Berlin is a collection of small towns you’ll find lots of these markets – probably on some market square around the corner, down the street.

Coming up: a list of Berlins Christmas Markets