Kastanienallee, Mitte/Prenzlauer Berg – There is no other street in the world with a synonym so exactly to the point: Castingallee. Catwalk of the Beautiful and Wannabe Beautifuls, home of music television semi starlets, unemployed upcoming lola winners and misjudged grimme award nearly nominees. 103, Schwarzsauer, Galao: Meeting point of the digital boheme and high potential good-for-nothings, cafeteria of the generation praktikum, playground of scriptreading directors and watching out model agents, homeoffice of citizen journalists and projectmanagers, auditorium of hip trendscouts and FAS columnists. Hunderdfold used setting of commercial spots and music video clips. Castingallee – reincarnation of Berlin Mitte attitude.


A few weeks ago I went to see Rainald Grebe performing live at Ken Jebsens great radioshow Ken FM. Grebe and his band Die Kapelle der Versöhnung gave a short review of the new upcoming album, containing one song, which is again brilliant in its observing skills. If you ever sat outside the 103, having an exciting conversation and being disturbed by an annoying and incomprehensible loud tram, passing by every 5 minutes, you will know, what Grebe means… And the band really knows what they are talking and performing about: Marcus Baumgart, the guitarist, is owner of the Liquor Store Baumgart & Braun (by the way: VERY recommendable), next to Ackerhalle down in Invalidenstrasse, just one tram station away from the lovely Kastanienallee…

8 Comments so far

  1. bome (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2007 @ 12:55 pm

    first of all ist not mitte it is part prenzlauer berg and part mitte
    the named cafes are all in prenzlauer berg
    second casting allee is more like a curseword
    good for nothings well thats true
    third fuck the word tram
    were not russians
    its called strassenbahn
    scheiss schwabenpack

  2. max mey (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2007 @ 1:43 pm

    1. kastanienalle is half mitte, half prenzlberg. border is schwedterstrasse.
    2. 103 is in mitte, galao even more (please do me the favor not to mention, that its even not in the kastanienallee)
    3. tram is the english shortcut for tramway, so in an english text, it makes sense to call it tram, not strassenbahn. and why should we are russians?
    4. i like schwaben. i’m not from down under, but i like ’em.

  3. sissy (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2007 @ 1:53 pm

    @bome: du langweilst. was für ein scheiss.
    @max geiler text. zustimmung. geiles lied von grebe.

  4. amazingd (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2007 @ 6:42 pm


  5. till (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2007 @ 8:38 pm

    Haha… der Typ ist der Hammer. =) Geiler Post!

  6. thochi (unregistered) on February 4th, 2007 @ 1:30 am

    the funniest thing about the casting allee are the lot of people who giving her so much attention. without these guys she would never become such a superstar.

    i was living there for 7 years and the first lessons i have learned was to take myself not to seriuos, not to take the people watching me to seriuos and especially not take the people im watching to seriuos.

    Grebe is interpreting the reality in an intelligent and ironic manner.

    + Rainald Grebe

    ++ Dont use the word “Tram” if u talk about Eastberlin. “Strassenbahn” in russian means “Tramwai”. Maybe it was a kind of underground resistance not to use the word “Tram” in the eastern part of berlin before the “Wende” in 1989.

    +++ Brandenburg …

  7. William Thirteen (unregistered) on February 4th, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

    excellent. since i live right around the corner i get to see the beautiful people everyday as they wait to be discovered. psychic beggars in fancy clothes…

  8. Barby (unregistered) on February 5th, 2007 @ 9:04 pm

    Although it’d be the best way to get to the mauerpark with my dogs, I avoid the Kastratenallee. I don’t want to be mistaken for one of them.

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