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Böllerei has consequences for firefighters and air quality: A battery of fireworks burned on a wall in Frankfurt’s Lohrberg. Behind the city’s bank towers. © German Press Agency DPA

Frankfurt’s skyline is famous: it’s no wonder the bars on the upper floors attract many visitors. But you can also discover very exciting bars on the ground floor of the nightlife metropolis.

Wiesbaden – The number of requests from the Hessian public prosecutor’s offices for an accelerated procedure fell significantly during the pandemic of 2020 and 2021 compared to previous years. The Ministry of Justice explained that the decisive factor was probably that there were less appropriate criminal offenses due to the effects of the corona restrictions. In 2017 and 2019, prosecutors filed between 521 and 754 requests for expedited proceedings. In 2020 there were only 348 cases, in 2021 359 cases. dpa

Wiesbaden – Hessian Prime Minister Boris Rhein (CDU) strongly condemned the attacks on emergency services on New Year’s Eve in Berlin. “Attacks on emergency services are always attacks on society and therefore on all of us,” the head of government said yesterday. “Attacks and threats against police, firefighters and rescue workers are repugnant,” Rhein warned. “Such acts must be punished with all the severity of the rule of law. There needs to be a new culture of appreciation for emergency services.

Mostly small fires

Although the ban on burning New Year’s Eve fireworks from past pandemic years was lifted earlier this year, New Year’s Eve in Hesse was largely quiet from a police perspective, reports the Ministry of the Interior. Firefighters, on the other hand, had seen a significant increase in operations. According to the ministry, firefighters had to deploy more than 970 times in total. The majority of these were small fires such as the burning of trash cans or hedges. In the previous two years, only 311 (2021/2022) and 99 assignments (turning point of the year 2020/2021) were counted on New Year’s Eve. The Hessian state fire brigade association and the trade union Police (GdP) also called for consistent action against violent criminals in relation to the events in Berlin.

The fireworks also affected the air quality in Hesse. The Hessian State Agency for Nature Conservation, Environment and Geology (HLNUG) announced yesterday that significantly more fine dust was measured at the measuring stations than in previous years. Over the past two years, the daily average fine dust on New Year’s Day at all measuring stations in Hesse was well below 50 micrograms per cubic meter. The air at the measuring stations was now polluted in the same way as on January 1 before the pandemic. The average fine dust value in the half hour after midnight rose to around 380 micrograms per cubic meter on average at municipal measuring stations. On New Year’s Day 2023, the average value over the whole day at seven measuring stations was above 50 micrograms per cubic meter. dpa

Wiesbaden – Despite the ongoing fighting and the winter cold, few Ukrainian war refugees arrive in Hesse. There is no sudden increase in numbers, Prime Minister Boris Rhein (CDU) said in Wiesbaden. However, this is only a snapshot. According to Rhein, Hesse received around 80,000 Ukrainian war refugees in 2022. dpa

Wiesbaden – According to the first estimates of the Hessian security authorities, the number of burglaries increased again in 2022. The final number of cases will be presented in the spring, as announced by the Ministry of the Interior. Between 2017 and 2021, burglaries in Hesse fell by more than 50%, also due to the corona pandemic due to a lack of criminal opportunities – more teleworking, less holiday travel. dpa

Frankfurt – As expected, the Lord Mayor of Frankfurt, Peter Feldmann (SPD), who was removed from office, also filed a “formal appeal” against the verdict of the corruption trial against him. The Frankfurt Regional Court found Feldmann guilty on December 23 and fined him 120 daily allowances of 175 euros, a total of 21,000 euros, for accepting an advantage in two cases. A decision based solely on hearsay and excluding all the defense witnesses I requested must be reviewed. I trust the rule of law,” Feldmann said on New Year’s morning.

The court saw evidence confirming that Feldmann’s future wife only got her job as German-Turkish daycare director for Arbeiterwohlfahrt (AWO) in Ostend only because AWO boss Hannelore Richter wanted to make sure the good will of the mayor. According to the court, Feldmann authorized the appearance of benevolent behavior towards the AWO as mayor. Feldmann has always denied this. “It remains true: I am not corrupt!”, he underlined in his letter. If the verdict stands, he would have a criminal record. Timour Tinc

The view is magnificent: from the 47th floor of the “One” tower of the Europaviertel in Frankfurt, it extends over the lights of the big city to the Taunus. Cocktail in hand, the guest sits behind glass windows in the winter, and in the summer the operators also want to set up chairs on the surrounding terrace. For security reasons, only exactly 199 people are allowed to be in the “NFT Skybar” at the same time, including staff. The queue in the lobby of the »nhow« hotel, to which the bar on the top floor belongs, is all the longer later in the evening.

It is important to hotel manager Hermann Spatt that the bar is accessible to all Frankfurt residents and visitors. Hotel guests have priority, “but everyone is welcome,” he says. You cannot reserve a place. Only the few guests who purchased a digital artwork on opening night, the so-called NFTs, can safely enter. An artist had designed an NFT for each of the ten “signature drinks” created especially for the bar. On the drinks menu, a “Banksy” made with gin, maple syrup and sherry, an asparagus martini at 16 euros each or the alcohol-free “Mona Lisa” with lemongrass, ginger and green cardamom at 12 euros.

In terms of design, everything in the bar revolves around the theme of money. The wall behind the steps, covered with colorful cushions, is covered in Bitcoin symbols, the bar stools are decorated with coins, and small round lamps form a dollar sign above the food area – currently closed. Each ‘nhow’ hotel has a thematic concept, says Spatt, in Frankfurt the obvious choice was ‘money’, ‘but with a wink’.

Hidden location in a small space

The “NFT Skybar” sees itself as “Germany’s highest bar” – but that seems to be a matter of definition. The Maintower bar in the banking district is actually a few meters and several floors higher: the panoramic bar under the observation deck is on the 53rd floor and at a height of 187 meters, the “NFT-Skybar” the 47th floor is only 185 meters high. According to marketing manager Jenni Oettel, the competition is two meters higher, but the gastronomy there is “not specifically declared as a bar”.

In the opinion of some Frankfurters, the only city in Germany with a reasonable skyline, there are other bars at dizzying heights, such as the “Barrel Bar” on the 39th floor of the Henninger Tower in Sachsenhausen or the “Oben” on the 15th floor of the “One Forty West” skyscraper at the Senckenberganlage.

However, size isn’t the only thing Frankfurt bars can score with. It’s often the little hidden bars that are worth a visit. The tiny bar “The Tiny Cup” with only a few seats in the building of the starred vegan restaurant “Seven Swans” in the city center, for example. Operator Sven Riebel was recently named “Host of the Year” by professional bartending magazine “Mixology”. At the bar on only 17 square meters: subtle background music, two comfortable benches, pleasantly subdued lighting. Lounge vibe and customer proximity are his goals, says Riebel, who opened the bar in 2015. The small space makes it easy to start a conversation. However, there is no obligation to do so. A maximum of 18 guests can be accommodated. Cultivated drink culture is the recipe – vermouth is currently in demand. And cognac is making a comeback, says the 44-year-old. There are 20 drinks on the menu, plus the standards a bar should have, like the “Whiskey Sour”.

A classic among bars is back – temporarily: The legendary “Jimmy’s Bar” in the Grandhotel Hessischer Hof, which was closed at the end of 2020, has been open again since mid-December. The operators are Micky Rosen and Alex Urseanu – until the hotel reopens. For decades, the worthy bar facing the fair has had cult status, and not just at the book fair.

Wiesbaden – Puppies are expected to be born in all Hessian wolf territories with pairs or packs in 2023. Annika Ploenes from the Wolf Center of the Hessian State Office for Nature Conservation, Environment and Geology (HLNUG) in Wiesbaden assumes this. According to a Germany-wide study, Hesse offers further potential habitats for wolves. dpa

Wiesbaden – A total of 299 cameras are used in Hesse for the video surveillance of streets and public squares. These cameras monitor 28 protected areas in 20 cities, said Interior Minister Peter Beuth (CDU). The cameras have deterred criminals, increased police responsiveness, enhanced security and made it easier to solve crimes. Since 2021, the state has been supporting the expansion of video surveillance technology in municipalities with 2.8 million euros. dpa

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Tower panorama view: Hermann Spatt, Managing Director of the ‘NFT-Skybar’, stands in the outdoor bar area of ​​the ‘One’ skyscraper on the edge of the Frankfurt trade fair grounds. The approximately 191 meter high hotel and office tower was completed in June 2022, and the 200-person bar opened in October 2022. © German Press Agency DPA

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