That means corners: public group meeting on the street corner
The term “corners” is derived from the English term “corner” for “corner”. This means a gathering of several people on a street corner who spend time there together.
At the “cornering” there is no specific reason to meet. You chill together, standing or sitting, maybe having a drink and listening to music you have brought with you. The meeting point on the street corner is probably due to the fact that there are often kiosks or Spätis selling alcohol.
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Origin of Corners
The term “Cornern” is not only derived from US English, but also has its origins in the Bronx, New York of the 1970s and 1980s. At the time, hip-hop crews gathered on street corners to practice and perform breakdance routines.
Due to the spread of the music, the expression also caught on in Germany in the 2010s. For example, in “L on the forehead” from the Beatsteaks there is talk of “cornering”. In this country, however, “cornering” is not necessarily associated with dancing, but rather a simple get-together.
The “cornering” itself is not a new invention. Based on the concept of corner bars, street corners are an ideal meeting place. A well-known example is the corner of Grüner Jäger and Thadenstrasse on St. Pauli, where up to 150 people meet.
Criticism from Corners
While the idea of ”Cornern” is actually quite innocent, there has been criticism from some quarters. Local residents complain about the disturbance and pollution that can occur. The catering industry sees its business impaired and disrupted if the road is blocked as a result.
This is how you use corners
You can use the term “corners” yourself if you don’t meet people at a bar, but just hang out on the street corner. “Cornern” does not require a lot of effort and is non-binding from the BFFs up to random acquaintances everyone can come and go as they like.