OMG, I Just Ran Into 40 Amsterdammers In My NYC Hood!

By Baratunde Thurston

What are the odds of that? As many of yall know, I was just in Amsterdam as part of the Pioneers program (http://pioneersny400nl.blogspot.com/) which itself is part of the celebration marking Henry Hudson's 400-year-old sailing from Amsterdam in Holland to New Amsterdam (aka NYC).

So minutes ago, I went to my local dry cleaners in Inwood, aka Upstate Manhattan, and saw a bunch of folks with orange vests on. I almost ignored the group but decided to be nosy, as a good neighbor should be. When I saw that the group had a large number of smokers all speaking with a distinct throat-clearing accent, I knew I was among Dutch brethren. Then I saw the website on their vests (http://newyorkfriendship400.nl/) and the "I Amsterdam" caps that I recognized from signs in the Netherlands.

Apparently this group was about to take a 3 hour bike tour. One man I spoke with asked "How many New Yorker's know about the connection between our cities and this year's celebration?" I had to confess that most wouldn't know. As I explained, "there's a lot going on in New York on any given day," but as the year progresses, we'll help spread the word.

In that spirit, here are a few sites to help you get acquainted with the history and the festivities/events

Henry Hudson 400:


Holland On The Hudson website:


NY Times Article:


I Amsterdam website:


Get ready to drink a lot of Heineken.

Source: http://baratunde.posterous.com

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