On the surface, and neighborhood-dependent, Berlin is both gritty and gorgeous. The city’s radical history leaves signs of wear; its memorials and restorations exemplify resilience. Today, Berlin is a cultural hub and creative hotspot celebrated for its nightlife, startup scene, architecture, and arts and entertainment. From picturesque neighborhoods and urban art spaces to historical sites and sprawling green spaces, Berlin is a truly unique city that can only be described through experience. As I’ve come to know the city over the past two years, Berlin is vibrant, eclectic, and delightfully unusual.
Nearly five years ago, when Max and I met, he introduced me to a podcast that has since become a weekly highlight, paired perfectly with a Tuesday run. I started listening to Get Up On This in New York, and since moving to Berlin, it has remained a constant. For those of you who are interested, the format of the show is simple: two guys with creative backgrounds in music, film, writing, and the sorts, present to us, the listeners, things which are not yet hyped that they think we should get up on. And, every now and then, they dedicate an episode to things that people should get up off. Their picks are often hip hop artists, board games, TV shows, and movies, and also include regional LA picks and entirely random activities and food products.
2016 went out with a bang. After a seriously fun NYE and New Year’s Day brunch, it’s time for a cleanse. The beginning of a new year brings upon a great deal of two things: resolutions and nostalgia. Cleansing is my resolution, and with the big move to Berlin coming up, I’ve been very nostalgic about NYC days. In my last post on the city, I covered my favorite restaurants, mostly in and around the East Village. Here I’ve compiled a few of my favorite bars, also centralized in the EV.
The Oxford Dictionary recently released their 2016 “Word of the Year” finalists and winner, post-truth. Most commonly (and unfortunately) associated with politics, post-truth is defined as, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”.