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‘New York Museum in West-Indies House’

17 March 2007 - A New York Museum should be opened in the West-Indies House near the Haarlemmerstraat, where the creation of today’s New York was instigated. Thus writes Albertus van den Broek at the Haarlemmerbuurt weblog.

In the Seventeenth Century, the building for years was the headquarters of the West-Indies Company, a company that was responsible for trade and privateering in America and West Africa.

“In one of the four rooms, the Lords Nineteen took the decision to build the Fort New Amsterdam, which would grow into the current New York”, Van den Broek writes. “The statue of the Director General of this post, Peter Stuyvesant, today still adorns the courtyard of the building”.

Currently, the West-Indies House is mainly used for weddings and parties.

In view of New York’s popularity, Van den Broek’s plan would seem to stand a realistic chance. For example, Alderman Lodewijk Asscher hopes that Amsterdam will in 2020 be a social version of New York: “dynamic and full of energy, international and tolerant, with the deep blue sea within reach”.

He was joined by journalist Twan Huys: “New York should be our shining example. After all, we invented it ourselves”.


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