Today in the News – Heute im Tagesspiegel

mauer muss weichen

Yesterday it was announced on the radio and spread through new social media, today it is on the papers. They have begun to tear ca. 25m of the East Side Gallery down in order to make space for a safe exit and the connection to a bridge that needs to be built (official version) and for a new building with 60 luxury flats that will be constructed on the former death strip (non official version). It has all happened very fast and some Berliners are not too happy. The East Side Gallery is 1.3 km long section of the Berlin Wall and consists of more than 100 paintings, many damaged by graffiti and vandalism ( “I was here”) and some are now being taken away. Wonder where they will take them.

I like the East Side Gallery as a nice stop for a sundowner Berliner Kindl after a long cycling tour through Berlin. I even remember when there was no fancy green but just sand and rocks and in summer a group of people would improvise a very basic beach bar. On a completely different note, I also think it’s the less respected cycling lane in Berlin.

Update: Activists stopped the construction works.

Gestern wurde davon im Radio und in New Social Media berichtet, heute steht es im Tagesspiegel. Die Bauarbeiten um Teile der East Side Gallery abzutragen haben begonnen. Offiziell soll Platz gemacht werden um einen Notausgang zu gewährleisten und die Brommybrücke wieder auf zu bauen, inoffiziell soll Platz für ein Neubau mit 60 Luxuswohnungen geschaffen werden. Viele Berliner sind nich besonders glücklich darüber. Die East Side Gallery ist ein über 1300 m langes Mauerstück, auf dem über 100 Gemälde das Zeitgeschehen von 1989 kommentieren. Viele der Gemälde sind beschädigt (“Ich war hier”) und nun werden einige versetzt. Ich frage mich wohin…

Ich mache gerne an der East Side Gallery nach einer langen Fahrradtour halt, um bei Sonnenuntergang ein kühles Berliner Kindl zu trinken. Ich kann mich daran erinnern, wo das nicht zwischem schicken Grün sondern im Sand und Geröll geschah und im Sommer eine Strand Bar improvisiert wurde. Was ganz anderes dazu, ich glaube, es handelt sich hier bei um den am wenigsten respektierten Fahrradweg in Berlin.

Update: Aktivisten stoppen die Bauarbeiten.

sundowner east side gallery

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