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prenzlauer berg

berlin streetscape #3

My project manager Rachel and I are staying and working in Prenzlauer Berg, quite the gentrified little neighborhood in the North Eastern portion of Berlin. This area was apparently a crowded residential section for workers in the ’40s, so it survived Allied bombing during WWII – unlike the surrounding industrial neighborhoods. The architecture of the apartment buildings that surround us dates to the late 1800s – it’s unbelievable.

The streets are an uneven warren that is kinda delightful to get lost in. There’s little shops and cafes all over, and the weather is making it far more pleasant to be outside than in. Glad I brought my heavy coat, though – it’s sunny and bright, but still cold in the mornings and evenings.

Rae and I are doing quite well, though the jet lag is kicking both our asses. My joint saviors are melatonin and the local coffee, which is criminally (and unexpectedly) good. Blue Bottle‘s got nothing on the stuff you can get at any cafe within a stone’s throw.

We are at the Plazes office, currently, getting fully immersed in their multitude of offerings. Their office is located inside an old brewery that’s been converted to a cultural center. The whole thing is massive; there’s a movie theater, a super market, shops and offices for cultural ministries and startups. I’ll take some pictures shortly.

Our meetings with the entire team have been great, and I’m getting to know roles, responsibilities, current work… we’re getting set up so we can operate as part of the team, whether we’re here or back in SF. We’ve certainly got our work cut out for us, but the Plazes guys have a great team, and I’m looking forward to be working along side them.

Categories: travel, work
  1. Bob
    October 10, 2006 at 9:56 am

    “quite the gentrified little neighborhood in the North Eastern portion of Berlin”

    What an odd way to describe it. Who describes cities as divided into “portions”?

    Anyway, it’s not “an uneven warren”, you’re just a tourist. Try to visit Oderbergerstrasse on the border near Mitte and walk down Kastanienalle, that’s right around the corner from the Kulturbrauerei. There’s also a really nice sauna just north of Kollwitzplatz if you like that.

  2. October 10, 2006 at 1:46 pm

    Who does? I do. Especially here, where I write.

    Regardless, thanks for the recommendations. I’m delighted to be just a tourist here, and I’m enjoying the city thoroughly.

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