'N65' gave aroshi its start:
August 2009, Prime Time Theater, evening show 'Gutes Wedding Schlechtes Wedding', emotional state tuned to feelings of local patriotism – what do we need to see: a 'provocateur' appearing in an 'SO 36' T-shirt!!!
No, we won't at this point explain what meaning this combination of majuscules and digits holds; here, we're going to explain what we have, with some effort on our part, researched after this evening!
A brief account of the borough:
The boroughs Wedding and Gesundbrunnen have been a part of Wedding since 1861. In 1920 these two boroughs, as well as portions of the suburbs Oranienburg and Rosenthal, were drawn together to create the borough of 'Wedding'.
In 1873 the imperial central post office designated the Berlin postal areas, the borders of which roughly corresponded to those of the city boroughs. In the process, the central distribution center assigned the 'N' to the Stettiner Bahnhof (Stettiner train station), known today as the Nordbahnhof. A central post office, also called 'class I post office' or 'ordering post office' in the Nazarethkirchstraße – other sources refer to the Schulstraße – received the designation 'N65'
1935: The official designation was changed into "delivery post office" and the building is now located at Gerichtstraße 50/51.
In 1955 the borough of Wedding received a district coat of arms from the senate. The design by Ottfried Neubecker displays a winged arrow below a wall coping, which appears on all Berlin district coat of arms – this is to symbolize progress. We have taken the colors red and gold-yellow on board for our T-shirt design.
In 1962 a reform was pushed through: '1000 Berlin 65' needed to be typed on the envelope, often abbreviated to '1 Berlin 65'. The delivery area more or less covered the boroughs Gesundbrunnen and Wedding. At this time, of course, the streets of both suburbs were not included due to the border with East Berlin.
July 1, 1993: Introduction of the 5 digit postal code ... 65 is a thing of the past!
January 1, 2001: Major district reform. The boroughs of Mitte, Tiergarten, Moabit, Gesundbrunnen and Wedding are fused together to 'Mitte'
In 2010 the post office in the Gerichtstraße was closed down. A pity ...
And ... now???
We find ourselves in the year 2010 AD.
All of Berlin is without '65' ...
All of Berlin?
A district inhabitated by unyielding Weddingers won't cease putting up resistance to this loss.
In 2010 the restaurant 'fünf & sechzig' (sixty five) opened in Torfstraße ... Wedding lives!
Spraypainted on many a wall, numerous power substations and on playground equipment etc., around the old district of Wedding, one will find '65'. At times with 'Wedding', most of the time and pretty much always not to the amusement of the owners. Quite a number of individual signatures are discernable from the drawings. So far we have found one so-called 'tag' that reaches beyond the borough's boundaries: In the elevator of the Job Center in Sickingenstraße – very fitting!
Of course one still says: „Ich wohne im Wedding“ (I live in Wedding) or, in the local dialect, „Ick wohn’ uff’m Wedding“.
Caveat: Only those who have moved to Wedding say they live „in Wedding“.
And: Lots of paths lead to Wedding!
How to get there:
By taking the underground lines U6, U8, U9, the S-Bahn ring (suburban railway) and various bus and railway lines one can reach 'N65'
Two concrete suggestions:
U6 or S41 or S42 to S-/U-Wedding
U8 or S41 or S42 to S-/U-Gesundbrunnen