City-West gets the best?

They’re going to build a Waldorf Astoria here in Berlin? Sure, why not? But right across from Bahnhof Zoo? Is nothing sacred anymore?

 

Waldorf-Astoria am Zoo

 

That’s still a thriving low-life ecological niche kind of place, you know. Although it isn’t like it used to be, of course. Where are those folks supposed to go (the ones that never board the trains)? Are they going to take them from Bahnhof Zoo and put them in the real Zoo over there across the parking lot?

 

And I thought that all the way cool new stuff is only supposed to get built in City-Ost. Are we having a revolution yet or something? Isn’t this going to deepen the lack-of-cultural divide already dividing our beloved city all the more than it already is already so give me a break already?

 

And worst of all, I’m really going to miss this cool Baustelle (construction site). It’s one of my personal favorites, and has been, for years.

 

 

Es soll nicht nur ein weiteres Berliner Luxushotel werden, sondern „das beste Haus der Stadt.“

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5 responses

  1. When I lived in Berlin in the mid-80s I had a library card for the Amerika Haus, just across the street from Zoo Station, and used to keep a fresh stack of books at home checked out from the stacks there. Two years ago and went by there to find that it was deserted and a portly German guard was standing in front of it.

    Sad.

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  2. Jeffrey, it is. But now I accidentally found out it isn’t. The place is still open, sort of. Joe from No Pasaran and I were stumbling around on election night and found out that somebody (das Land Berlin? some foundation?) is still using the place. It might be a Denkmalschutz (memorial/old building protection) kind of thing. The library and everything is gone, of course, but they still use it for exhibitions – and politically correct election night parties. Yup, I used to read the New York Times there myself. Or you could buy the Sunday edition for 20 marks am Zoo.

  3. HO,

    I did a little googling and discovered that it had been shut down in 2006. I was last in Berlin in September, 2006, and that’s when I saw that all of the books had been pulled out. It was a shock.

    As you say, it’s still being used. And there is some effort, it seems, to revive it, by something called the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, whatever that is:

    Rebuilding Amerika Haus Berlin.

    I don’t think the ICD has plans to put in a new library, but it will probably function to increase the warm fuzzies between Germans and Americans (while bashing those who don’t follow the correct political line — my guess).

    I also learned that Amerika Haus had been part of the US Information Agency, but that in the 1990s, when that agency was absorbed by the US State Department, it lost a lot of its independence (and funding?). Anyway, the building was closed in 2006 and given to the German government — huh? Given? Well, that’s what the article said. I would have asked for a fistful of Euros myself.

    By the way, I’m a longtime reader and just want to thank you for all the humor you bring to your analysis of the natives in Deutschland.

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  4. HO,

    I did a little googling and discovered that it had been shut down in 2006. I was last in Berlin in September, 2006, and that’s when I saw that all of the books had been pulled out. It was a shock.

    As you say, it’s still being used. And there is some effort, it seems, to revive it, by something called the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, whatever that is:

    http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/index.php?en_program_usamg_rebuilding

    I don’t think the ICD has plans to put in a new library, but it will probably function to increase the warm fuzzies between Germans and Americans (while bashing those who don’t follow the correct political line — my guess).

    I also learned that Amerika Haus had been part of the US Information Agency, but that in the 1990s, when that agency was absorbed by the US State Department, it lost a lot of its independence (and funding?). Anyway, the building was closed in 2006 and given to the German government — huh? Given? Well, that’s what the article said. I would have asked for a fistful of Euros myself.

    By the way, I’m a longtime reader and just want to thank you for all the humor you bring to your analysis of the natives in Deutschland.

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  5. I did a little googling and discovered that it had been shut down in 2006. I was last in Berlin in September, 2006, and that’s when I saw that all of the books had been pulled out. It was a shock.

    As you say, it’s still being used. And there is some effort, it seems, to revive it, by something called the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, whatever that is.

    I don’t think the ICD has plans to put in a new library, but it will probably function to increase the warm fuzzies between Germans and Americans (while bashing those who don’t follow the correct political line — my guess).

    I also learned that Amerika Haus had been part of the US Information Agency, but that in the 1990s, when that agency was absorbed by the US State Department, it lost a lot of its independence (and funding?). Anyway, the building was closed in 2006 and given to the German government — huh? Given? Well, that’s what the article said. I would have asked for a fistful of Euros myself.

    By the way, I’m a longtime reader and just want to thank you for all the humor you bring to your analysis of the natives in Deutschland.

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