April 23, 2014
Musical Marketplace
The Turkish Market in Berlin serves up much more than just food.  It also features a performance space for local musicians.  With its waterfront location and multitude of food and drink options, its a great spot for some downtime and musical discovery.
Photo taken April, 2014
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Musical Marketplace

The Turkish Market in Berlin serves up much more than just food.  It also features a performance space for local musicians.  With its waterfront location and multitude of food and drink options, its a great spot for some downtime and musical discovery.

Photo taken April, 2014

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Bosphorus on the Maybach

April 23, 2014

Bosphorus on the Maybach

There is a large Turkish population in Berlin, and as a result, Turkish cuisine and ingredients have significant influence on the food landscape of the city.  Aside from countless restaurants, one of the most visible signs of this influence might be at the market that sets up along the Maybach canal each Tuesday and Friday. Situated between the neighborhoods of Neukölln and Kreuzberg, locals come here to get a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, spices, cheeses, olives, and prepared foods, as well as access large selections of fabric, household items, crafts, jewelry, and clothing.  Turkish influence is so present among the offerings that the market has earned the nickname “Türkischer Markt” (Turkish Market), but there are some other types of stands as well, particularly along the Eastern edge (Ghanaian meals or artisinal jams, just to name a couple).

It’s safe to say that Turkish food is an official part of Berlin culinary traditions at this point, and this market is one of the best ways to experience that.

Photos taken April, 2014

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April 22, 2014
Musical Mobility
This amazing picture popped into my Tumblr feed today.  I would love to know where the photo was taken and how the system works.  It would be so fun to bring something like this to block parties, parks, and other outdoor gathering spaces! 

Musical Mobility

This amazing picture popped into my Tumblr feed today.  I would love to know where the photo was taken and how the system works.  It would be so fun to bring something like this to block parties, parks, and other outdoor gathering spaces! 

(Source: ricardoseelig, via vinylespassion)

April 22, 2014

Hohenstaufenplatz Market

We stumbled upon this small Tuesday afternoon market on the street outside of Hohenstaufenplatz (park), in the Kreuzberg neighborhood of Berlin.  Features included fresh produce, coffee, vegetarian Indian food, fries, cheeses, meats, and a wide number of seating options.  There were also clearly a large number of bikers, including both the vendors and the customers.

Large markets are great , but there’s really something to be said for laid-back neighborhood markets as well.  Grab a coffee or some food, take a seat, and chat with your friends and neighbors.  When it’s time to leave, grab some fruits, vegetables, and cheese to take home.

Photo taken April, 2014

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April 21, 2014

Innovative Sausage Slinging

There are many outlets that sell sausages in Berlin, but the mobile vendors around Alexanderplatz and Museum Island do so with the most innovative gear.  I have never seen anything like it, in Germany or anywhere else.  

The sausages are not the greatest tasting (or healthy) thing you can find in the city, but for 1.35 - 1.50 a piece, you might not be able to do much better in this touristy area. I hope the vendors themselves get a decent cut out of their sales, especially considering that they have to carry around that gear all day.

Photos taken April, 2014

April 18, 2014
"Berlin is poor but sexy"

It’s also a city that has an endless amount of art on its walls.

Photo taken April, 2014

"Berlin is poor but sexy"

It’s also a city that has an endless amount of art on its walls.

Photo taken April, 2014

April 17, 2014

The Pipes of Berlin

Pipes are a common but strange element in Berlin streetscapes.  They seem to snake up, down, and around for blocks at a time, usually in bright shades of pink or blue.  My first impression was that they must be some sort of massive public art project, but I later realized that they always start or end at construction projects.

Leave it to Berlin to take ugly construction objects and turn them into funky and fun visual elements.

The BBC did a small piece to explain this strange practice.  Check it out below:

The Mystery of Berlin’s Pink Pipes (on Youtube)

Photos taken April, 2014

April 16, 2014

No Surface Without a Seat

Berlin isn’t the warmest of places, so I was continually surprised by the amount of outdoor seating around the city.  In some neighborhoods, sidewalk cafes, public benches, beer gardens, or terraces seemed to be at every turn.  But what surprised me even more than the sheer amount of seating, was the seemingly ad-hoc, improvised, or innovative nature of many of the options.  Anywhere there was a surface or some extra space, you were bound to find a cushion, a folding chair, a crate, or some recycled materials inviting you to sit down and take a break.  It wasn’t limited to restaurants and bars either - cushions and chairs could be found on the steps, ledges, sidewalks, and street corners outside of clothing stores, gift shops, and all sorts of other random places.

My visit was in April, presumably the time of year when these chairs and cushions first emerge from winter storage.  I’d be curious to take walk through the city in summertime to see them in greater use, and to see if even more sprout up.  It must create an impressively vibrant street life.

Photos taken April, 2014

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April 15, 2014

(Beer) Garden City: Berlin

The Garden City movement may have been started in 1898 by Ebenezer Howard in the United Kingdom, but Berlin has been a “beer garden city” since before that, possibly as far back as 1837.

Prater Garten is the original beer garden in the city (many more followed), and makes for a great gathering space to enjoy beer, food, and great atmosphere.  In typical Berlin fashion, the fairly unassuming street facade masks what turns out to be a massive hidden treasure.  There are 600 seats, multiple serving stations, and even a play area for kids.  I could easily imagine spending hours here in Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Photos taken April, 2014

April 4, 2014
Respiration:
Escuchela, la ciudad respirando….

"Respiration" by Black Star (featuring Common) is an excellent hip hop song, and possibly one of my favorite songs about cities of all time.
What are some of your favorite city songs? 

Respiration:

Escuchela, la ciudad respirando….

"Respiration" by Black Star (featuring Common) is an excellent hip hop song, and possibly one of my favorite songs about cities of all time.

What are some of your favorite city songs? 

April 4, 2014
Destination: Berlin
I’m going on a trip to Berlin soon and would love tips on things to see and do while there. I’m particularly interested in finding things related to topics on this site:  food, music, public space, beer, street life, urbanism, and so on….
Thanks in advance!
Photo from Visit Berlin on Pinterest

Destination: Berlin

I’m going on a trip to Berlin soon and would love tips on things to see and do while there. I’m particularly interested in finding things related to topics on this site:  food, music, public space, beer, street life, urbanism, and so on….

Thanks in advance!

Photo from Visit Berlin on Pinterest

April 3, 2014

Praça do Comércio

The Praça do Comércioin Lisbon is one of the main squares of the city,  but instead of being in the center of the city, as it would in many other places, it is located right on the waterfront.  It makes for a wonderful walking destination and meeting point.

Photos taken July, 2013.

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April 3, 2014
"End Stop & Frisk.  Hands Off the Kids!"
This building in Gowanus, Brooklyn has showcased various messages over the years.  I find this particular message to be one of the most powerful yet.
Now that Whole Foods is located across the street, maybe the messages featured here will catch even more attention.
Further Reading on Stop and Frisk:
The Atlantic: What I Learned About Stop-and-Frisk From Watching My Black Son (April 1st, 2014)

Photo above taken February, 2014 (and edited via Instagram)

"End Stop & Frisk.  Hands Off the Kids!"

This building in Gowanus, Brooklyn has showcased various messages over the years.  I find this particular message to be one of the most powerful yet.

Now that Whole Foods is located across the street, maybe the messages featured here will catch even more attention.

Further Reading on Stop and Frisk:

The Atlantic: What I Learned About Stop-and-Frisk From Watching My Black Son (April 1st, 2014)

Photo above taken February, 2014 (and edited via Instagram)

April 2, 2014
Warmer Places, Part Four
I’m pleased to present part four in my “Warmer Places” series of DJ mixes, a series that takes you on a musical journey around the world.  This edition features music from, influenced, or inspired by places like South Africa, Brazil, Jamaica, Ethiopia, India, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ivory Coast, Colombia, Ghana, Nigeria, Surinam, and more….. 

Warmer Places, Part Four by Knomad Sounds on  Mixcloud

It’s Spring, so this time around is less about winter escapism and more about beautiful months ahead. BBQs, road trips, beach parties, picnics, and cool drinks are what I had in mind. 
The sounds and the format are more analog on this one. The emphasis is on live bands and traditional sounds, rather than on modern productions and remixes. I also let the songs play out to the end, rather than mixing or cutting them up.
 Recorded live in my home studio, April 2014.  Enjoy! 
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Warmer Places, Part Four

I’m pleased to present part four in my “Warmer Places” series of DJ mixes, a series that takes you on a musical journey around the world.  This edition features music from, influenced, or inspired by places like South Africa, Brazil, Jamaica, Ethiopia, India, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Ivory Coast, Colombia, Ghana, Nigeria, Surinam, and more….. 

It’s Spring, so this time around is less about winter escapism and more about beautiful months ahead. BBQs, road trips, beach parties, picnics, and cool drinks are what I had in mind. 

The sounds and the format are more analog on this one. The emphasis is on live bands and traditional sounds, rather than on modern productions and remixes. I also let the songs play out to the end, rather than mixing or cutting them up.

Recorded live in my home studio, April 2014.  Enjoy!

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April 1, 2014

"Ha Caracois"

If you see a sign like this, it means they have snails.  Caracois is a very popular summertime dish amongst Portuguese locals, and its not to be confused with escargots, the French take on snails.  If you are into snails (or willing to try at least), finding a little sidewalk cafe in the Alfama neighborhood of Lisbon could be a great way to experience local cuisine while soaking up sunshine and neighborhood life.  Adding some beer to the experience is probably a good idea as well.

Read more about the tradition at Portugal Daily View.

Photos taken July, 2013.

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