Mauerfall - Sylvester's personal account of the wall coming down

On Nov. 9th 1989 I worked in a sound recording studio in the West Berlin district called "Wedding", when members of the band stormed the mixing room and kidnapped me and the lead singer to go to the border checkpoint "Bornholmer Strasse" only 10 min. away, where we witnessed history and headed over the Boesebruecke against tens of thousends of citizens into their completely deserted East Berlin.

Easily one of the 5 most impressive and unforgettable moments in my life. It still moves me deeply thinking about it. 

In German:  http://www.berlin.de/mauer/grenzuebergaenge/bornholmer_strasse/index.de.php

Am Übergang Bornholmer Straße konnten die ersten DDR-Bürger nach West-Berlin ausreisen. Der Leiter der Passkontrolleinheiten ließ ihre Pässe allerdings ungültig stempeln und bürgerte damit die ahnungslosen Inhaber aus. Doch dem Ansturm der Massen konnte er so nicht begegnen. Zwei Stunden später hieß es: „Wir fluten jetzt.“ Der Schlagbaum wurde geöffnet. Ca. 20.000 Menschen konnten in der folgenden Stunde ohne Kontrolle die Bösebrücke passieren. Infolge der friedlichen Revolution in der DDR und der politischen Veränderungen in den Staaten Ost-Europas war in dieser Nacht die Berliner Mauer gefallen.

In English:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bornholmer_Straße_border_crossing

Sylvester Schneider

Surprise Guest at Zum Schneider’s “Munich on the East River” Oktoberfest

October 13th 2014

October 13th 2014

Zum Schneider, the prominent Bavarian Bierhaus in NYC owned by Sylvester Schneider, closed the first edition of “Munich on the East River” in an unforgettable way. Special guest Cyndi Lauper attended Zum Schneider‘s Oktoberfest and spontaneously decided to perform with Zum Schneider‘s band Mösl Franzi and The JaJaJas. Full article

Cyndi Lauper surprises Oktoberfest revelers with biergarten show

Cyndi Lauper surprises Oktoberfest revelers with biergarten show

What’s a girl like Cyndi Lauper do to have fun? On Sunday, it was take in the atmosphere at the final night of Munich on the East River - then close it out.

Lauper took to what must’ve been the smallest stage she’s performed on in decades about half an hour before Manhattan’s biggest Oktoberfest party ended for “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” backed by the biergarten’s oompah band.

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Der Besitzer des Schneider im Stadtteil Lower East Side tritt mit seiner Band auch im eigenen Lokal auf.Foto: laif

Der Besitzer des Schneider im Stadtteil Lower East Side tritt mit seiner Band auch im eigenen Lokal auf.Foto: laif

Sept. 30 2014

Sept. 30 2014

"... Der Schneider an der entlegenen Avenue C, vier lange Blocks von der nächsten U-Bahn entfernt, war der Pionier des Trends zu deutscher Biergemütlichkeit und deftiger Kost. Schon 2000 öffnete Sylvester Schneider in einem Eckhaus in der damals fragwürdigen Gegend sein Lokal, schenkte Münchner Hofbräu aus, backte Leberkäs und Brezen und knetete Semmelknödel. „Noch bevor ich alle Fenster drin hatte, war der Laden gerammelt voll“, erinnert sich Schneider. Full Article

German fans celebrate World Cup win against Argentina

July 13 2014

July 13 2014

Jubilant German fans who watched the tense match at watering holes around New York City erupted in celebration of a victory that put Deutschland above all others in the 203-team worldwide tournament.
“Awesome!” said Mario Fontaine, an actor from Wiesbaden, Germany, who watched his countrymen lift the gilded championship trophy at Zum Schneider, a German restaurant in the East Village. (Full article)

Fans on both sides emotional following captivating final

July 13, 2014

July 13, 2014

(...) one goal was all that was necessary to secure Germany its first world title since 1990, and make fans watching at Zum Schneider, a Lower East Side bar, jump for joy.

“This is one of the best places in New York City if you’re German,” said Kristina Ruff, 30, a doctor from Midtown. “It’s awesome here.”

Moments after the game, the phrase “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” was trending on Twitter.

“It’s amazing,” said Logan Reisenbigler, 22, a graduate student from the Upper East Side, who watched at Zum Schneider. “I lived in Germany for six years and I just came back from Germany. If it wasn’t going to be America, it had to be Germany. I’m ecstatic. I was overcome with emotion. I’m going to go all over the city and scream.” Full article

World Cup fans come out in droves to support U.S. team as they survive 'Group of Death'

NY Daily News

NY Daily News

by  LARRY MCSHANE 


(...) While most fans across New York City were cheering for the Americans, there were pockets of support for the German squad.

The German bar Zum Schneider’s in the East Village relocated to a bigger outdoor space on East 23rd St., with the owners welcoming hundreds of fans for both teams.

Chants of “U.S.A.!” were sometimes drowned out by shouts of “Deutschland!” in the now-friendly rivalry.

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