Those likable Dutch, to celebrate the quadricentennial of Hudson's arrival in New York harbor in 1609, are busy right now building a replica colonial village at Bowling Green. It's part of the NY400 Week celebration, which officially kicks off Tuesday September 8th, and includes a massive Dutch music, art, and dance festival on Governors Island (The New Island Festival), tours of the replica of Hudson's ship The Half Moon , sailing races, the unveiling of the New Amsterdam Pavilion (a gift from the Netherlands at Peter Minuit Plaza, Battery Park), an historic walking tour co-hosted by Russell Shorto, author of the stellar book The Island at the Center of the World; and a boatload more activities! [This pdf has it all.]
But the New Amsterdam Village opens this week, on Friday, and consists of 12 traditional Dutch canal houses, a windmill, and a demonstration model of a contemporary Dutch greenhouse. Open to the public, this is where you can sample and purchase Dutch agricultural products and foods, including stroopwafels (YES!), cheeses, herring, dollar pancakes, cut flowers, flower bulbs and green roofs. Authentic Dutch people will also be making wooden shoes, blowing glass, and holding floral and culinary workshops; and this is where you can borrow those orange Dutch bikes for free. (BYO Old Amsterdam weed.)
And and and, from September 5th to the 20th, a number of restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn will participate in Taste Nieuw Amsterdam, offering $24 menus (the amount in Dutch guilders that was paid for the island of Manhattan). Here's yet another pdf of the restaurants involved. Maybe it's finally time to give Danku a try; we're told it's the only Dutch restaurant in NYC.