Around Ostkreuz station there is an awful lot of building and renovation work going on, but the industrial area around About:Blank managed to escape the gentrification flood for now. That club has by now though been discovered by hordes of tourists, but around the corner another part of Berlin alternative culture is blossoming in peace.
Zukunft is a hardly renovated former small business building (or at least it looks like that), with open air arthouse cinema in summer. In winter theyalso shoiw movies inside, and there are occasional jazz concerts and theater. But Zukunft is also an excellent choice as your local boozer: it even has its own brewery!