In 1609, the Dutch ship the Halve Maen (Half Moon) reached what we now know as New York. This ultimately led to the foundation of the colony of New Netherland and the trading post of New Amsterdam, which later became New York. NY400, celebrates four-hundred years of history and shared values: freedom, tolerance and equal opportunities. NY400 is an initiative of the Dutch government in collaboration with local governments, the Henry Hudson 400 Foundation, various cultural institutions, the business world and Dutch and American private individuals.
Wide range of activities
A wide range of activities are being organized, intended to promote exchanges in the fields of culture and economics and to promote greater understanding and appreciation of each other. Besides the New Amsterdam Village, other important activities include: the grand entrance of a fleet of Dutch and American ships, the opening of the New Amsterdam Village by crown prince Willem-Alexander, the New Island Festival, Friesland Day and many more activities and celebratory days.
New Amsterdam Village
The New Amsterdam Village is a beautiful piece of the Netherlands in New York. Dutch nationals in New York will really feel at home. The village in Bowling Green Park (adjacent to Battery Park) consists of traditional Dutch canal-side houses, a windmill and a stage. The Village displays famous Dutch handicrafts, such as how Dutch wooden shoes are made, the production of characteristic Delft pottery and the blowing of glass. There are even orange bicycles for hire. Visitors can taste traditional Dutch food, such as cheese, stroopwafels (treacle waffles), poffertjes (mini pancakes) and herring. Flower bulbs and cut flowers are also on sale, as well as books on Dutch-American relations. A good example of Dutch innovation and ingenuity in the New Amsterdam Village is the sustainable greenhouse. The Netherlands takes a leading role in the field of sustainable greenhouses and is making great progress with energy-saving technologies within the agricultural industry. These sustainable technologies, products and services will be showcased in the sustainable greenhouse, where Koppert will present various products in the field of biological control and natural pollination, including parasitic wasps and bumblebees.