These bins should be fired!

Seriously, these bins are pretty sh*t at their job.

Street Photo of a totally overloaded bin in Treptower Park Berlin by Stefan Klenke

Doesn’t get any work done. (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Streetphoto of a messy stickercovered bin near Berlin Ostkreuz, by Stefan Klenke

What a messy Punk!!!?! (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Streetphoto of a fallen bin in Berlin Neukölln by Stefan Klenke

He even turned up drunk!!! (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Streetphoto of a bin with loads of cigarettes on the floor near Sonnenallee Berlin by Stefan Klenke

“Kippendiener“ – actually means cigarette butt servant! But wtf?! Total failure! (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Very Important Paper Bin

Streetphoto of a bin which has written Very Important Papierkorb written on it with a red carpet in front of it

VIP = Very Important Papierkorb – so clever

This street photo posted by Werben und Verkaufen Magazin on Instagram made me laugh. I m a massive fan of the BSR (Berliner Cleaning Facilities) advertising style. Since a few years all bins and cleaning vehicles in the city are covered with funny slogans and phrases that really make you feel connected and sympathetic with the company – and even the rubbish bins – which seem to come alive because of that.
And this one is definitely the most inventive and stylish yet. Looks like it’s a clever PR gag for the Berlinale – the city’s prestigious annual movie festival.

I heart this city

Street Photo of a Heart of Snow on car window  - Berlin Neukölln - (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Heart of Snow – Berlin Neukölln – (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Street photo of a moss Heart on a Tree(Photo by Stefan Klenke)

A Heart by Mother Nature – made me smile (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

street photo by stefan klenke of a dirty wedding show poster

Looks like people threw snow balls at them. (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Street Photo of a lock with a heart on bridge in Berlin Treptow - by Stefan Klenke

Locked Love – Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

During the years of walking around Berlin with my camera I noticed hearts everywhere in lots of different forms. I have a huge street photo collection of them. It’s actually my biggest collection of my many themes. It makes me happy that the symbol for love is such a popular theme in this city. 

These are just a few of the very recent examples. 

Hand Land

Here a few “handy” street observations from my walks through my new neighbourhood Berlin Treptow.

Politikerhände - Newsstand, Berlin Treptow (Streetphoto by Stefan Klenke).

Politikerhände – Newsstand, Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke).

Streetphoto of a Nagelparlour, Baumschulenstraße, (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Nagelparlour, Baumschulenstraße, (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

h Container (Berlin, Treptow, Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Streetart Hand on Rubbish Container (Berlin, Treptow, Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Why do we always lose just one glove? – Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Street photo of poster for the Lepra Lebt campaign - Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Lepra is alive – Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Street photo of E-cigarette poster “Smoke differently“ - Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke

E-cigarette poster “Smoke differently“ – Berlin Treptow (Photo by Stefan Klenke

Street Photo of a Sign Language Street Art on the back of a traffic sign (Photo by Stefan Klenke)

Does anyone know what this means? (Photo by Stefan Klenke

Spot the Fake Waiting Dog!

Waiting dog in front of a bakery near Baumschulenweg, Treptow, Berlin

The smell coming from the bakery was sooo delicious. Poor doggy, has to wait smelling that yumminess with a nose so sensitive – Photo by Stefan Klenke

Streetphoto of dog waiting in front of a Rossmann drugstore near Baumschulenweg, Treptow, Berlin

Poor waiting dog – He didn’t feel like smiling. – Photo by Stefan Klenke

Waiting dog in front of a shop near Baumschulenweg, Treptow, Berlin

Waiting is monkey business. Poor doggy. – Photo by Stefan Klenke

Waiting dog in front of a DM drugstore near Baumschulenweg, Treptow, Berlin

This waiting dog needs some medicine against loneliness. – Photo by Stefan Klenke

Waiting dog in front of a soup shop near Boxhagener Platz, Berlin, Photo by Stefan Klenke

Well, by now you should have spotted the fake waiting dog. I was laughing when I spotted him sitting outside that soup place in Friedrichshain.

Fight the System!

Grafitti on a Berlin Neukölln house saying: “Our quarter - our streets“

Translation: Our quarter – our streets (Berlin, Neukölln) Photo: Stefan Klenke

Homeless person sleeping in U-Bahn station Berlin (Lichtenberg) - Photo: Stefan Klenke

Homeless person sleeping in U-Bahn station Berlin (Lichtenberg) – Photo: Stefan Klenke

Graffiti saying “Rixdorf needs to stay dirty!“ ), Berlin Neukölln, Photo by Stefan Klenke

Translates as: “Rixdorf needs to stay dirty!“ ), Berlin Neukölln, Photo by Stefan Klenke

Graffiti saying “Fight the Capitslism!“ (Berlin, Treptow, Sonnenallee) - Photo by Stefan Klenke

Translates as “Fight the capitalism!“ – Photo by Stefan Klenke

I just heard on the news that the rents in Berlin increased by 70%(!!!)  in the last 10 years. The price is now around 10 Euro per square metre when it was just around 6 Euro a decade ago. The reason for this incredible rise according to the news was the increase in population. I was disgusted to hear this. I think the real reason is a system that supports greed and profiting on the needs of human beings. The system allowed house owners to raise and raise the rents without a healthy limit.

 New Berliners who moved from other cities and countries where they already were used too expensive rents willingly accepted to pay those “still relatively cheap“ Berlin rents while the less fortunate poorer Berliners were pushed out of the city centres to the cheaper borders. 

In a popular city  like Berlin there will always be people who would still be able to pay for way too expensive rents. But still the problem is the system who failed to build cheap social housing and instead decided to cash in and build luxury expensive apartments for renting or buying and did not introduce an effective rent cap – and created another gentrificated unfair unequal city. This system is called Capitalism.

So grey – so colourful

Streetart and advertising posters at trainstation Berlin Neukölln by Stefan Klenke

Berlin Neukölln – Colours like no other.

It’s a really grey and boring looking day today that’s why I was happy to see this colourful mix of street art and advertising posters at S-train station Neukölln this morning. Happy Friday, everyone!!! 😍😊

Neukölln stay(s) dirty!

Graffiti on a house wall in Rixdorf area of Neukölln

Graffiti on a house wall in Rixdorf area of Neukölln

Dirty corner at Hermannstraße station in Neukölln, Berlin

Dirty corner at Hermannstraße station in Neukölln, Berlin

Having lived in Neukölln a few years I can confirm that it is in many areas a dirty place. A part of me feels it adds to the charme and undergroundy authentic vibe of the more and more hip district in the South West of Berlin. Another part is sad and angry that people chuck their rubbish everywhere disrespecting our environment. 

 The writing “Neukölln bleibt dreckig!“translates as “Neukölln stays dirty!“ I see it occasionally written on walls in the city; sometimes with Berlin, Kreuzberg etc. instead of Neukölln. I understand it as a angry cry for people who are scared of gentrification which is “cleaning“ up more and more areas and making the rents go up and up and thus taking away the home districts aka Kieze of people who cannot afford to live there any longer. 

Graffiti “Unsere Viertel - Unsere Straßen“ - “Our quarter - our streets“

“Unsere Viertel – Unsere Straßen“ – “Our quarter – our streets“

The question is if these writings will in any way stop the gentrification or if it adds to the area being seen as cool and undergroundy and therefore attracts even more rich, boring people who want to feel cool and undergroundy.