The launch of a new Google Campus in Berlin's coolest district has fanned the flames of a long-running tension between locals and gentrifiers.
"Drinking a beer at a cocktail bar is like going to a brothel to jerk off in the toilet."
When I get out of the U8 train at Berlin's Kottbusser Tor station at 5AM on a Thursday, three men dressed in rags raise their beer bottles to greet me, grinning with the few remaining teeth they have.
Serving an eclectic menu that includes Dutch bitterballen and baba au rhum, Lode & Stijn is the antidote to Berlin restaurants decked out in mismatched vintage furniture.
About 44,000 people showed up for MyFest – a May Day celebration street fair initiated to counteract the violence usually saved for the demonstrations on the day.
Anti-gentrification rhetoric is threatening to turn violent in the German capital.
Idiots in bathtubs, idiots in gorilla suits, idiots who cut drugs in phone booths.
And it looks like they just might be the first people to succeed.