This week in 1647, Dutch Director General Peter Stuyvesant creates NYC’s first zoning laws. Today’s lower Manhattan street grid is the lingering result.More
10 interesting facts about Williamsburg, Brooklyn before it was cool, from its early history under the Dutch, the English and Americans after Revolutionary War.More
Stuyvesant at the invasion of New Amsterdam by English forces in 1664. Image via Wikimedia Commons
New Amsterdam in the early 1640s was a mess. Trash was strewn about the muddy streets, drunken sailors and farm animals ambled about, and New Netherland’s small population was huddled up in Manhattan after a bruising war against …More
New Yorkers have been agitators and disrupters from the start, even back when New Amsterdam was just a small settlement on the tip of Manhattan. On this date February 2nd in 1653, New Amsterdam was officially declared a municipality by the Dutch government.
During the 1620s, New Amsterdam was set up as a trading …More