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Berliner Festspiele's Jazzfest is kicking off Tue, Oct 31, but for those who don't know, Charlottenburg used to be the epicentre of jazz in Berlin... and today, a trio of venues sustain the scene in their own unique ways. Read more

Concerts & Parties

Berlin is finally trying to solve its housing crisis... with ugly new buildings awkwardly crammed into hallowed historical sites. Hooray? Our urban columnist weighs in. Read more

Zeitgeist

And why does Ms. Monroe look better in Charlottenburg? Maggie has a theory. Read more

Opinion

Berlin as a popular tourism destination has produced some puzzling adverts, that's for sure. Maggie is baffled by one in particular. Read more

Opinion

December 20's spectacular heist at KaDeWe has Maggie, much like the police, wondering who the culprits really are. And what they wanted that morning. Read more

Opinion

Walking through the streets of Charlottenburg, Maggie senses the immense influence of the Russians on City West. Even when that influence is somewhat understated. Read more

Opinion

Maggie wasn't there on that fateful day in 1989 or the days that followed. But 25 years later, she managed to finally get her own piece of the Wall... Read more

Opinion

Some people think the city is visually "crying out for skyscrapers". Maggie can already imagine what it will look like and what it will do for City West. Read more

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The streets of City West seemingly have a homeless problem. Oh, wait. Looking a little closer, this tent city appears to have a purpose: the Iphone 6. Yuck. Read more

Opinion

What's happening to the sex industry in Charlottenburg? Maggie Spooner investigates. Read more

Opinion

Kurfürstendamm is going through its own speculation and investing problems. These wolves have set their sights on quite a bit, but there's one particular institution that Maggie thinks needs a bit of protection. Read more

Opinion

While City West lacks the infamy of its Wild counterpart, Maggie recently found a small getaway with a similar – albeit richer – air. Read more

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Maggie's not quite sure where she wants to view the mania. She ponders the problem of not only being a woman looking for somewhere to watch the World Cup, but a woman in City West wanting to watch the World Cup. Ultimately lo-fi satisfies. Read more

Opinion

Maggie ponders the somewhat confounding politics of Kleingärtenkolonie and applies a fix to the situation at Tempelhofer Feld. Read more

Opinion

Bikini Berlin finally opened, but does its nomenclature translate into sexy, cool and a very Berlin shopping experience? Or is it just another in the long Boulevard of Broken Lifestyle Schemes? Read more

Insider Tips

Gone is the time and reason Budapester Straße's new concept mall, Bikini Berlin, got its name. Maggie thinks it's time Berliners come up with something more appropriate for the privilege of purchasing lifestyle now there. Read more

Opinion

Uniqlo has landed in Berlin, sharing with us six "faces" that represent the city. Maggie ponders whether Exberliner would be a fitting face or whether we should be thankful that we don't fit in along those lines. Read more

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Ku'damm poses a multitude of dangers in all sorts of forms, but one (fixable) danger is receiving Maggie's ire: the non-existence of bike lanes on the boulevard. Read more

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With the Bikinihaus, now renamed Bikini Berlin, reopening on April 3, Dan Borden explores how the West is reclaiming its Times Square status, from Bahnhof Zoo to Zoo Palast and everything between. Read more

Zeitgeist

Placards, banners and signs can be the most in-your-face show of solidarity with Berlin's many refugees. But what about a more subtle but just as valuable show of solidarity – talking? Read more

Opinion

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