Despite many small businesses in Berlin closing down during the pandemic, Prenzlauer Berg bookstore “Buchhandlung Montag” remains open and its sales are up. Anne-Katrin Grimm, the co-owner, explains her view on why it’s happening and how social distancing and COVID-19 has affected the public’s taste in literature. This piece originally aired on April 3.
Joel Morton, 61, is an American transplant to Berlin. He lives in the Bötzowviertel, teaches English and edits manuscripts. Having moved here for love, the former Bostonian hasn’t let social distancing stop him from connecting with his ice cream-loving neighbors, one number at a time.
Developers worldwide are working on contact tracing apps that track the spread of the coronavirus through Bluetooth technology – that means, if you’ve come into contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you’ll be notified. But how much do these apps actually help, and how much privacy do users have to give up?
Ersin Gül spends his days helping others who struggle in the isolation brought on by the pandemic. Since the #coronavirus crisis began, the Canadian immigrant has seen a huge uptick in people looking to help with the neighborhood group he belongs to in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.