Go Dutch in New York City -- September 8-13, 2009
Experience everything Dutch—cuisine, culture, architecture, arts and more—during NY400 Week. Commemorating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's arrival in New York Harbor, NY400 Week is the weeklong, citywide celebration of 400 years of friendship between New York City and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Visit a Dutch village, rent a bike for free, take in a sailing race, dance against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline and more. The week culminates on Sunday, September 13, with NY Harbor Day, which promises even more celebrations on land and water, along six scenic waterfront sites easily accessible by bike, subway, foot, ferry and water taxi.
Below are some of the week's highlights.
New Amsterdam Village
(Friday, September 4–Sunday, September 13, 11am–7pm)
Bowling Green (Broadway at Beaver St.)
Amid traditional Dutch canal houses, a windmill and an outdoor podium, learn about and experience Dutch crafts, such as making wooden shoes, Delft blue painting and glassblowing. In addition, sample traditional foods like cheese, beer, herring and "dollar" pancakes, and purchase Dutch flower bulbs and cut flowers.
NY400 Welcoming Ceremony
(Tuesday, September 8, 8:30am)
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Join the kick-off event for NY400 Week at 9:15am on the Hudson River. Expect a parade of US and Dutch frigates, NATO ally fleets, Flying Dutchman racers and replicas of historic Dutch ships to fill the harbor in honor of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage to New York. A 21-gun salute and the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy will provide on-shore accompaniment to the official ceremony from the USS Intrepid. All are welcome to enjoy this free event.
Bike NYC on a Free Dutch Bike
(Tuesday, September 8–Saturday, September 12, 11am–7pm)
Bowling Green (Broadway at Beaver St.)
Remember the bikes you saw during Summer Streets in August? Those bright orange NY400 bicycles will be available free to the public on a limited basis during the course of NY400 Week. Get around town the typical Dutch way, and be sure to ride your Dutch bike to NY400 Week events.
Flying Dutchman Sailing Races
(Tuesday, September 8, 11am–5pm; Wednesday, September 9–Thursday, September 10, 10am–5pm; Saturday, September 12, 10am–2pm & 3–4pm)
New York Harbor
Fifty-six Flying Dutchman–class sailboats representing 10 countries will compete in championship races. The New Amsterdam Championships will be held Tuesday through Thursday and the Centennial World Championships on Saturday and Sunday.
Replica of the Half Moon
(Wednesday, September 9, 11am–3pm)
Every year, this replica of Henry Hudson's Halve Maen retraces the ship's original 1609 voyage—which laid the foundation for the New Netherland colony and modern-day New York City. Come see the ship's exterior and meet its captain and crew.
Replica of the Onrust
(Wednesday, September 9–Sunday, September 13, 10am–5pm)
Pier 84, Hudson River Park
The Onrust was the first trading and exploration vessel the Dutch built in America, constructed in 1614 by Captain Adriaen Block and his crew after their original ship burned. Volunteers will demonstrate how the crew survived by using local resources, shipbuilding skills and productive working relationships with Native Americans.
Arrival of the Fleet of Traditional Dutch Barges
(Thursday, September 10–Sunday, September 13)
Yankee Pier, Governors Island
Seventeen leeboard vessels—not much different from the ones Henry Hudson and his crew used to explore New York Harbor—arrive at Yankee Pier on Governors Island. Be on hand for the welcome ceremony, set to begin in the late afternoon (visit ny400.org for more details). Captains and crew are on hand to answer your questions about these historic ships. The boats will be at the pier through Harbor Day.
Vermeer's Masterpiece: "The Milkmaid"
(Thursday, September 10–Sunday, November 29; closed Mondays except October 12)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
In honor of NY400, Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum has loaned Vermeer's most admired work—The Milkmaid—to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is the first time the painting has been in the United States since the 1939 New York World's Fair. Several other paintings by Vermeer and fellow Dutch masters round out the exhibition.
New Island Festival
(Thursday, September 10, 4–11pm; Friday, September 11–Sunday, September 13, 11am–11pm; Thursday, September 17, 4–11pm; Friday, September 18–Sunday, September 20, 11am–11pm)
Direct from Holland, the New Island Festival sets up stakes on Governors Island September 10–13 and again September 17–20. The festival kicks off the fall with provocative theatre, stunning site-specific performances and dazzling visual arts performed by world-class Dutch artists. Visit newislandfestival.com for a complete schedule.
Open House: Royal Netherlands Navy and NATO Ships
(Saturday, September 12, 10am–3pm)
Brooklyn Marine Terminal, Piers 7 and 8
Explore royal Netherlands naval frigates and NATO ships—including the Dutch mine sweeper HNLMS Urk—and enjoy live music from the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy at this "open decks open house."
NY Harbor Day
(Sunday, September 13)
Festivities span six major waterfront sites—The Battery, Battery Park City, Hudson River Park, Governors Island, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Snug Harbor—all linked by free rental bikes and hop-on/hop-off boat service. At each site, food, drink, entertainment and activities will commemorate this special moment in New York City history. Highlights include: a flotilla of modern and historic Dutch and American yachts and sailing vessels, an oyster festival, Harmony on the Hudson (a children's music festival), children's bike clinics at Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, the Brooklyn Flea under the Manhattan Bridge Archway, kayaking, paddleboating and much more.