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Q: Hamburg’s Neustadt district is home to Neuer Steinweg (“new stone way”). Whom or what is this street named for?
- First named in 1620, the street is merely an extension of the nearby Alter Steinweg (“old stone way”). But honestly, after 400 years, I’m not sure “new” is the best descriptor. It might be time rechristen the streets as “Old” and “Older” stone way.
- “Steinweg” refers to the Steinweg family that first populated the streets in the 1600s. The patriarch and his son—both named Johann—were known in town simply as “Old Steinweg” and “New Steinweg.” But the father was a proud man who couldn’t stand being referred to as old. His resentment toward his son—who was by all accounts funnier, more likeable, and more handsome—boiled over one day in a shouting match heard up and down the Elbe. The son, hoping to never have to see his father again, packed his bags and started a new life where no one knew his name, where he could escape his father’s shadow and finally become his own person. So he moved about 120 meters up the road.
- The name is actually a clumsy translation of “Steinway,” the piano maker. Count Hanse bought the first Steinway piano in 1619. He couldn’t play, so he placed it prominently in the window for passersby to admire. Then one day, a lone stranger with a mysterious past moved in next door and brought with him his own Steinway piano. And he could play. He entertained the townspeople with raucous performances of such hits as “Great Balls of Fire,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” and “Hey Jude,” rocking late into the night in violation of city noise ordinances. Count Hanse, consumed with jealousy and ruined by a lack of sleep, revoked the stranger’s residence permit, forcing him to find a new home elsewhere. The stranger rolled his 88 keys down the street and around the corner to Neuer Steinweg, where crowds gathered to watch him perform from his balcony until it collapsed one night when groupies climbed the building to try to kiss his boots.
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