Bowied station

Zoo station is one of Berlin’s notorious, if not legendary places. During cold war, it was the the (western) city’s most important railway station at all, and like any central station, attracted not only travelers, but any kind of sub cultural scene and also crime and drugs. Around 1980, West Berlin faced peaking hard-drug issues. This subsequently led to an iconic book and also a film on the drug subject, internationally best known as “Christiane F.” (It was David Bowie, RIP, who pushed that film’s success at least in Germany, and he also supported the film with a gig scene.)

Many scenes of that story centered around this very place here. Although much had been tried even at that time, Zoo station would remain an at least twilightish place for the rest of the millennium, until later the station’s importance was actively degraded by its new owner, Deutsche Bahn, to no more than a regional station. It was since then, that the surrounding areas have slowly started to change into more contemporary places. Even the station is now under (as it seems: more serious) work, and also the neighboring facilities (most of them from the 1950’s and 1960’s and no longer truly fitting a today’s metropolitan) have now been razed to create space for something more up to date.

This is, by the way, another smart-phone panorama, shot right through a hole in the fencing.