How iHeartBerlin Reader Jacob Reduced His Illegally High Rent by 226 EUR

How iHeartBerlin Reader Jacob Reduced His Illegally High Rent by 226 EUR

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The topic of the rising rents in Berlin has been plaguing us for a few years now and it doesn’t seem to become any better with the shortage of available rooms and apartments becoming more severe over time. The situation has led greedy real estate companies to ignore legal rent regulations offering apartments for prices that only the wealthiest can afford. The “Mietpreisbremse” introduced a while ago was meant as a tool to stop landlords from overcharging. But the mechanism requires people to take action against it, no-one’s doing it for you.

A few months ago we took a closer look at what you can do if you think your rent is illegally high. Now that some time has passed we wanted to know: Does it actually work? We got in touch with one iHeartBerlin reader who actually went through the process with one of the options from the article: the consumer rights service wenigermiete.de. To our delight, he successfully managed to reduce his rent by 226 EUR. We met him in his apartment in Neukölln and talked with him about how that worked.

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The Story of the Berlin Wall Explained in One Big Comic

The Story of the Berlin Wall Explained in One Big Comic

illustrations: Sophia Halamoda. 

The history of the German division and the Berlin Wall is – to put it mildly – a rather complicated one. Especially since even today, 30 years later, it still feels the country has not completely recovered from it. I was only 7 when the wall came down so I feel my memory of life in the East is pretty much seen through the eyes of a child. I don’t remember life for my family being bad in any way, we were quite happy actually. There were a lot of things we didn’t have – but also we didn’t know about them, so we didn’t miss them.

But once the two German countries re-united, it did feel like something exciting and good was happening – at first. It took us all a while to understand what was really going on. On the surface, we were re-uniting but underneath it was more of a take-over. I don’t mean it in a hostile way, and I’m not blaming either side for what had happened. It is, as I said before, more complicated than that. But in the few decades, those two parts of Germany developed so differently under such different circumstances, that throwing them together again like that was just going to cause some collateral damage. If you only look at the election results or statistics such as unemployment rates you will see a country that is maybe not as united as it should be.

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Join the Fearless Fitness Experience with Marathon Icon Kathrine Switzer

Join the Fearless Fitness Experience with Marathon Icon Kathrine Switzer

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The big Berlin Marathon is upon us later this week and as a special treat, Airbnb has invited the international marathon icon Kathrine Switzer to Berlin for a Fearless Fitness Experience that you can participate in now!

Switzer has become famous as the first official female runner in the Boston Marathon back in 1967. Until that time it was an unwritten rule that women could not participate in marathons because they were physically not capable of it. That was until Switzer broke the rules and took part in the 67’s marathon anyway as part of a team with two guys. While most other men in the race were impressed by Switzer it was the race director Jock Semple that ran after her and tried to stop her, only to be pushed off the race track by Switzer’s boyfriend and athlete Tom Miller.

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The Fight For Climate Justice Unites over 270.000 People in Berlin

The Fight For Climate Justice Unites over 270.000 People in Berlin

The Global Climate Strike took place earlier today in Berlin, as well as in many other cities across the globe. Fridays for Future, the movement started by young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, announced that around 270.000 people went to the streets in Berlin, which is a number much higher than anticipated. It was for sure the biggest demonstration I have ever been to, even bigger than the Europe demo in the Spring and the #unteilbar demo last Autumn (not counting Christopher Street Day).

This turnup and the engagement of the people in the fight for climate justice was really impressive to see, but who impressed me the most were the young people and kids that came, screaming and chanting at the top of their lungs with such a level of seriousness that went into my bones. I think their cry for justice was the most powerful element of the entire parade. I cannot imagine how it must feel for kids growing up with the understanding that previous generations (including ourselves) have majorly fucked up the future of their planet.

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Discover Street Art While Running: Join the On Art Run

Discover Street Art While Running: Join the On Art Run

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Today we want to introduce you to a very special event that will tickle the interest of both street art lovers and runners alike: The On Art Run.

Our new guest writer Laurent has already introduced himself to you as a running enthusiast who likes to combine this sport with other activities and also compiled a list of the best running routes in Berlin for us. To our big delight this week there is a chance for all of you to go out running with him for the On Art Run that will take place on Thursday starting in Kreuzberg and going all the way Friedrichshain past some of the most iconic street art murals of the city including the cosmonaut by Victor Ash that was recently illuminated by a spectacular video mapping.

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Jump into the Pool: A New Mural by Niklas Reinsberg at Haubentaucher for Bombay Sapphire

Jump into the Pool: A New Mural by Niklas Reinsberg at Haubentaucher for Bombay Sapphire

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After last year’s intriguing Canvas Bar event in an unused subway tunnel of Berlin, Bombay Sapphire gin is continuing their collaboration with the art world with an exciting new project that we want to introduce to you today: With their new pop-up art campaign, they decided to go BIG. In five German cities, they have claimed the biggest canvas they could get: the walls of buildings.

For four weeks in September, five stunning murals will grace a big wall in Düsseldorf, Köln, Hamburg, Leipzig and – of course – Berlin. For each of the murals they commissioned established local artists: Semor, Jana Wind, Martin Grohs, and Stefan Kunz. But for Berlin, they did something special.

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Victor Ash’s Cosmonaut in Kreuzberg Comes to Life

Victor Ash’s Cosmonaut in Kreuzberg Comes to Life

We already have you a bit of a preview of the new street art murals that were added to Berlin’s landscape thanks to the Berlin Mural Fest 2019. One piece that really stands out is actually an old classic – but revisited.

I’m sure you’re all familiar with the big cosmonaut by Victor Ash that you can see from Skalitzer Straße corner of Mariannenstraße. It’s probably one of the most known pieces of street art in Berlin and has become really a symbol of the district and the city. The idea to create a video mapping to bring the spaceman to life is really ingenious – but wait until you see the final result. Read on…

Berlin Mural Fest Adds More Artworks to the City’s Walls

Berlin Mural Fest Adds More Artworks to the City’s Walls

Last year’s Mural Fest added a stunning 30 new street art murals to the open gallery that is the city of Berlin. This year’s edition is now adding 6 more stunning pieces to the mix that have been finished in the past couple of days and that will be celebrated this weekend with a Night Walk on Saturday and Sunday from 20:15h onwards. All the artworks will be illuminated and as a special treat, there will be some additional elaborate video mappings on some old classics such as the spaceman by Victor Ash on Skalitzer Straße. The video of the rehearsals look like this should not be missed!

We have a few making-of photos for you that give you a bit of a preview of the new works. If you want to find all the murals from this and previous editions you should download the Berlin Murals app for your details and exact locations.

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A Playground for Everyone: The #DABEI Festival by Telekom at IFA 2019

A Playground for Everyone: The #DABEI Festival by Telekom at IFA 2019

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When you walk through the countless halls of the IFA fair for consumer electronics at Messe Berlin your senses will quickly be on overdrive: Each brand is out-doing the next with their elaborate set-ups and technical innovations that try to catch your attention. But the moment you step into the hall 21a – the one of Telekom – the world becomes Magenta and you are suddenly on a playground where it’s all about fun. This year’s presentation is trying a new format: A festival that brings all generations together.

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Experience The Original Way: Coke Food Festival in Berlin

Experience The Original Way: Coke Food Festival in Berlin

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This weekend a very special event for food lovers is happening here in Berlin: The Original Way – Coke Food Festival is taking place on Saturday and Sunday at Alte Münze in Mitte. Bringing together the best flavors from around the world prepared by local restaurant owners the festival is set out to be true culinary highlight you shouldn’t miss.

Last year Coke started their new web series The Original Way that portraits the most interesting restaurant owners from Germany that have a unique story and cook really original dishes from their home countries. From Berlin, the web series dedicated episodes to Nauta, Chutnify, Linos BBQ, Standard Pizza and Kanaan which are all really amazing places with great food and an inspiring backstory. The show recently started their second season after the first one last year was such a success. To give people the opportunity to experience the spirit of the series live they came up with the Coke Food Festival that features some of the protagonists of the show.

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