Why I joined the Blogfabrik Project

Christoph Neumann - www.christoph-neumann.com / Blogfabrik

photos: Christoph Neumann

Yesterday it finally happened: After months of secrecy and hard work from so many people involved we finally pressed the publish button on a new exciting project: The Blogfabrik. We’ve teased on this new place a few times but now we can finally share it with the world.

Together with a group of over 30 other digital content creators iHeartBerlin.de moved into this amazing new space that is funded by media distributor Trunk and located in the heart of Kreuzberg at Kottbusser Tor. On the one side Blogfabrik is mix of a co-working space and a multi-functional area that serves as a photo studio and an event space for workshops, exhibitions, screenings, dinners and anything else we might be cooking up there. On the other side Blogfabrik is meant as an expertise hub for content creators such as bloggers, photographers, filmmakers, etc. where we can get together, share ideas and knowledge and make projects together.

One of these projects is the new online magazine Daily Bread that we all have been working on for the past months. In this magazine we will all share our experience and insights of our lives as content creators. It will reflect the topics of all our individual blogs, magazines, Instagram and Twitter accounts, but it will also grant a look behind the scenes and give us the opportunity to talk about things such as business, innovation, and observation – all stuff that we would normally not talk about on our own sites. More about the project and some impressions after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on July 1st, 2015
in People

ORA – An Old Pharmacy Reborn as Charming Cafe

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Berlin never ceases to surprise with unusual places and repurposed locations. Everything deserves the chance for a second life, may it be a former swimming pool, a cultural institute or an old post office. The old pharmacy at Oranienplatz has been empty for quite a while now. It’s one of the really old cool looking ones with the wooden counters and shelves and all the little jars and glasses. Obviously this stunning place needed to find a new purpose and so it did a few weeks ago with the opening of the cafe and bistro ORA. Most of the old pharmacy charm has been preserved and refurbished which easily makes this cafe the best looking one in Kreuzberg. While you can still see all the little drawers and jars in the shelves obviously the medicine has been replaces with coffee and liquor. And instead of ointments and pills they serve small bistro-sized dishes such as pulled pork, roasted chicken, mild rice and polenta. Their specialty is their freshly baked sour dough bread that you can order with a variety of toppings. The cafe offers a lot of space inside and a few seats outside and is currently really one of the nicest places in the area. Check out our impressions after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on June 29th, 2015
in Cafés, Kreuzberg

Mobile Kino – Berlin’s Traveling Cinema

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In the summer of 2009, brothers Joel and Joshua Alas decided to invest some money in a digital projector with plans to start their own open-air film night. What resulted from the little open-air screening in the Lessinghöhe Park in Neukölln was what we now know as Mobile Kino. The digital age has hit cinemas, and as 35mm projections began to fade away, we lost some of the magic of the movies. So, the Mobile Kino crew (comprised of a team of Berlin projectionists, cinema managers and programmers) decided to step in and create an HD digital cinema-on-wheels in the form of a beautiful Christiania transport bike. Over the years, the project has evolved working with a variety of partners, filmmakers and guest programmers; working with filmmakers directly or German distributors to ensure their proceeds go to the right people. Also iHeartBerlin has teamed up with the guys from Mobile Kino for basically all of their film events including the Berlin Film Nights and the Cinéma de Mode. Click on to find out more about this project that has become a household name among movie-lovers, and see which screenings you can catch this month.

Skylar by Skylar
on June 29th, 2015
in Events, Movies

Berlin’s Forbidden Places

Berlin Underground by Jeisson Martin

How far would you go for the best shot? I’ve seen people crawl on the floor, bend over backwards and climb up lamp posts to take the most impressive photo possible. But there are some people who go much further: Stand on the edge of a skyscraper, climb onto a crane or sneak into the restricted areas of subway stations, constructions sites and abandoned ruins.

Young Berlin-based photographer Jeisson Martin is one of those crazy people that won’t be held back by a “Do Not Enter” sign to make an amazing photo. For him the extreme situation that he puts himself into at times have become part of the fun of taking photos. In a world where almost everyone who has a smartphone and the VSCO cam app can take cool pictures it has become more of a challenge to really stand out, and what better way to stand out than to stand in a position where most people don’t dare to go.

And Jeisson’s work definitely stands out as he manages to show Berlin from angles that you haven’t seen before because they are mostly taken from restricted areas and dizzying heights. We would like to show you some of his amazing shots that he made in the underground of Berlin, abandoned places and from the rooftops of Berlin. Enjoy his photos and if you want to see more you should follow him here.

Frank by Frank
on June 29th, 2015
in Photos

Love and Lust on Video

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Having sex is always the best when you’re in love. For me this is true, but I think many people will agree on it too, because strong feelings to another person always make you experience the lust more intensely. Film makers Will Hoffman and Julius Metoyer have caught exactly this intenseness on camera with their new short film Lover for Nowness and somehow created the anti-porn porn film with it. All the people in the films are real couples and you can see that there is more going on between them  than just sex which makes this video more erotic and arousing than any ordinary porn film could ever do. Enjoy it after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on June 26th, 2015
in Videos

A Very Special Open Air Cinema Experience

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The open air cinema season is in full bloom and this year there seem to be so many special screenings lined up – it feel almost like a renaissance for the cinema, but under the blue sky with lots of friends and not inside a dark multiplex surrounded by strangers. We love it!

July will start with a very special pop-up open air cinema: The Audi Urban Cinema was already a huge hit in the last years and now it’s back with an amazing 3-day-program at Kulturbrauerei featuring some of the biggest cinema highlights of recent time and a couple of amazing short films by upcoming film makers. From July 1-3, 2015, you can look forward to Nightcrawler, Monsieur Claude and his Daughters, and finally Wes Anderson’s last big hit The Grand Budapest Hotel. What is going to make these open air screenings so special is not just the movie selection, but also the unusual comfort you will be enjoying these movies in: Forget the improvised beer bench and plastic chair that you know from other open air screenings. You will be watching these films out of Audi cabriolets, stacked-up shipping containers decorated like cosy living rooms, or from comfy lounge chairs on the lawn. There will of course also be drinks and snacks to make your movie experience even better and the best thing: The entrance is for free, you just register over here.

We are giving away some exclusive tickets for the extra special seat options on July 2 to see the delightful French movie Monsieur Claude and his Daughters. Find out after the jump how to win!

Frank by Frank
on June 25th, 2015
in Events, Movies

The Bearded Gentleman Guide for Berlin

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A.D.Deertz, photo: Fergus Padel

Even though the fashion world is currently trying to rush this trend out of the door as fast as they can, you can’t deny that the reality is quite a different one: Beards are still going strong! With the rise of the bearded hipster and the “Lumbersexual” the beard has become the subject of trends in the past decade, and of course trends come and go. But to be honest, beards have been there before these trends, not just in the hip metropolises of the world, but also in many other cities and cultures. And I think they will survive the passing of trends and will hopefully remain in many men’s faces!

In Berlin apparently 53% of men are wearing some kind of beard. 33,5% are sporting a full beard which is my personal favorite, not only for my own face, but also for other men. In fact I believe that every man looks better with a beard, only few men actually look good without one. The grooming brand Braun has now released the results of a survey they conveyed in major cities of Europe. They show similarly high numbers for beards in London, Milan, and Barcelona. With 63% beards Istanbul is actually the most beardy city and with 48% beards Paris makes the end of the ranking.

So, Berlin is not the winner of the beard race, as I would have guessed, but we are still a big player in the field. Of course a beard alone is not enough for a good style. While nicely groomed and trimmed facial hair is a good start we also need some clothes, design and other items that go along with it. To celebrate a little bit the ongoing appreciation of beards in Berlin we selected some of the nicest shops and places that we think somehow relate to the lifestyle of bearded men. Dive in and enjoy our Bearded Gentleman Guide for Berlin after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on June 24th, 2015
in Bars, Cafés, Mitte, Neukölln, Shops

10 Awesome Burger Places in Berlin

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When I moved from Denmark to Berlin in October 2014 I had no intentions of starting a food blog but of course I have always enjoyed eating burgers of any kind. Then I quit my call-center job in January and was thinking about starting this burger blog and so I did in February.

Denmark does not give you the chance to focus on for example burgers, it needs to be wider to survive. Because where I come from we do not have these magnificent burger places. The cliental is very limited and therefor only suitable for a franchise food chain. Copenhagen is the only place in Denmark where you can have a decent burger!
 In Berlin I am totally ecstatic – there are literally burger joints “überall”. Some better than others of course but the standard is more than often high and the prices low. You can eat burgers from different cultures, Asian burgers and American burgers – big burgers and small burgers – expensive burgers and cheap burgers. Whatever you are searching for Berlin will provide food and shelter to your hunger!

For iHeartBerlin I created a list of 10 amazing burger places that include some of my favorites in town including brand new places and old beloved classics. I will not rank these burger joints but recommend every single one because to me they have something extra to offer. More burger reviews will follow on my blog Chessy Burger, but for now let’s enjoy these 10 amazing places.

by Guest Author
on June 23rd, 2015
in Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg

Murals of Berlin: Wall Dialogue

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Peachbeach, Urban Spree, 2014

Berlin is a mecca for street art murals, thanks to its many abandoned places and empty fire walls all over town. Obviously this attracts many artists who come here to find huge canvases for their work and a freedom of expression that they might not have where they come from. In Berlin the people have an openness, even an eagerness for all the different genres of art and they especially enjoy it when it’s out in the public for everyone to see. I think I have never been in another city in the world where street art murals have achieved a similar status as the normal sights of a city that people come to see here.

Wall Dialogue is a group exhibition at Neurotitan Gallery opening this week on June 27, 2015 that showcases the work of 11 graffiti and street artists from Berlin (and one guest artist) who are mainly known for their large-size murals here in Berlin but also work in other cities all over the world. We have checked up on the artists and collected some of their murals here in Berlin, some of which still exists while others have been painted over already. Enjoy our new set of amazing artworks on the walls of Berlin after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on June 22nd, 2015
in Art

The Stattbad Chronicles

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Robert Montgomery, All Palaces, photo: Kai von Rabenau,
courtesy Neue Berliner Räume

You’ve probably heard the news by now: The glorious Stattbad Wedding has recently closed. This weekend the party makers of the club nights Stattnacht are throwing the last two parties in their temporary exile at one of the previously unused halls of Neue Heimat and after that an era has ended. I feel quite sad about this sudden development because the Stattbad was one of those locations that I have recommended through its entire run here on iHeartBerlin, for parties, exhibitions and other crazy stuff happening there. The old public swimming pool found a new purpose in the hands of the makers of Stattbad and the place including all its institutions such as the Open Walls gallery, the Stattbar and the Statt.lab was a wonderful experimental playground for a whole generation of creative Berliners and therefor an important part of the youth culture of Berlin for the past 6 years. It’s a shame that the place has closed so unexpectedly and there is not even a chance to have a final good-bye party there. So as an alternative we went back into our archive and compiled a huge best of from all the coverage and photos we have dedicated to Stattbad over the past 6 years and then some. Enjoy the Stattbad Chronicles after the jump and don’t feel ashamed to shed a tear for this amazing place on the final Stattnacht party on Saturday night and the open air on Sunday. We will miss you, Stattbad Wedding.

Frank by Frank
on June 20th, 2015
in Art, Party, Photos