If you like the following, you will like (possibly love) Berlin:
New York City
staying up all night
cheap ethnic eats
coffee and cake
The funny thing is, none of these are really my thing, aside from the ones that involve eating. But so far I'm really liking Berlin anyway - the city has lots of energy, the living is cheap, and it feels like there's a lot to uncover.
My illustrations of "breaking rules" and "grafitti" are below. This is Teufelsberg, the site of a US National Security Agency listening station during the cold war. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teufelsberg You're not supposed to be walking around here, but everybody does.