Sometimes all you need to see is a sign of love – and I guess this is would it could look like: a sign in the middle of the sidewalk, featuring a heart with a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
I basically pass this ‘sign of lover’ every day – and I really wonder how this ‘installation’ ended up being the way it is: very basic, very simple. Just an empty sign with a streetart-style heart drawn on it. Well… the world would probably be a better place if only every billboard looked a bit more like this: a clear message with no real meaning. Greatness!
Looking down Karl-Marx-Allee towards the Straussberger Platz with the TV-Tower in the background on a cold but sunny day in February. The Karl-Marx-Allee is an iconic socialist boulevard built between 1952 and 1960. Originally the street was called Große Frankfurter Straße. From 1949 until 1961 it was then renamed to Stalinallee, before it was finally named Karl-Marx-Allee. Read on…
Walking down towards Karl-Marx-Allee, coming from Alexanderplatz, you may have seen the huge piece of streetart written on the building of the former Haus der Statistik (House of Statistics) at the corner of Otto-Braun-Strasse: “STOP WARS”. It is currently probably one of the most photographed pieces of streetart around here – although one may want to argue that it’s actually not art but a political statement. Anyways – stretching over three floors in height the piece it’s quite impressive. Just eight letters – rather simple message – but still so provocative. Brilliant.
For about 8 years the building has been empty now. Chances are that in the near future the building will be used by the initiative Haus der Statistik (hausderstatistik.org) in cooperation with the district Mitte to provide a space for art, artists and various social projects in the very center of Berlin.
Getting up early can pay off – especially when it’s a sunny day. It still was quite cold, but the view down Oderberger Strasse is very well worth getting cold hands. And in case you were ever wondering in what direction the Oderberger Strasse is pointing: it pretty much stretches quite accurately in a West-East direction – so you can see the sunrise on the one end of the street and the sunset on the other.
Winter in Berlin can be very grey and dark and wet and cold and – not so nice. And then again you learn to appreciate a sunny morning with blue skies even more. On these rather rare days Instagram is almost boiling over with photos of sunny streets and blue skies and even though the temperature may still be below zero, people are already gathering on the terraces to have a coffee in the sun.
The photo was taken around 9 o’clock in the morning on one of these cold but sunny days. The streets of Prenzlauer Berg are still rather empty, just a few cyclists, probably on their way their way to work – and a tram / streetcar coming down Schönhauser Allee towards Kastanienallee. Behind that you can see the iconic overpass of the U-Bahn line U2 and the subway station Eberswalder Strasse which is a rather busy spot – but not so much during the early morning hours.
I recently walked back home from an opening in Kreuzberg – and on the way I enjoyed this stunning winter view from Jannowitzbrücke. The TV Tower is half hidden in the mist, but still reflecting beautifully in the water surface of river Spree. Yes, it was cold – but still very well worth it.
View to the Berlin TV Tower from Schönhauser Allee / Schwedter Strasse on a lazy Sunday afternoon in early October.
So far October was surprisingly mild. On some days temperatures were slightly above 20°C and people enjoyed some last summer moments. Indian summer in Berlin – or ‘Golden October’ as we call it.
Only a couple of years ago, the U-Bahn station Moritzplatz used to be rather abandoned. But since there are a few venues and shops near Moritzplatz today, it has become more and more lively down here.
The station is located right underneath the roundabout Moritzplatz on two different levels. The upper level connects the four access points with its different staircases, leading to two larger stairs that connect the upper level to the lower level where the rails are located.
Exiting the Moritzplatz station can be a bit confusing due to its symmetrical shape – but it is very well worth taking the time to check which staircase you want to take since walking around the roundabout can be annoying – and dangerous, since there are no traffic lights.
See also: Moritzplatz