New Amsterdam Village

Why is a full sized windmill turning right in the middle of Broadway?

It is part of the celebration of the Dutch arriving in New York 400 years ago, New Amsterdam Village was temporarily constructed, just below Bowling Green Park, at Broadway and Beaver Streets. The village contains booths designed to resemble traditional Dutch canal houses. Some sell traditional foods and products, including cheese, herring, stroopwafels (sweet waffle cookies), flowers and wooden shoes – and yes, even a windmill.

In an open area, intended to represent the village square, a variety of musical acts performed for passersby. The highlights were the raucous numbers from Dynamo, a colorfully costumed youth marching / dancing / percussion / kazoo group, the unexpectedly diverse and humorous repertoire of Kleintje Pils, a brass band clad in traditional striped smocks and wooden shoes and Jan David performing “Miss Sunshine,” the song he composed in honor of NY400.

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The windmill dwarfed by skyscrapers

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Dynamp reaches skyward

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Dynamp drummers

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Trying to play the kazoo while giggling

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Dynamp member dancing

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Dynamp and the bandleader

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Dynamp member performing

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Dynamp member with triangle

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Blue drumsticks and blue kazoo

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The traditional method of making wooden shoes

Kleintje Pils
Jan David: Miss Sunshine
NY400 Week: New Amsterdam Village

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4 Responses to New Amsterdam Village

  1. Karl87 says:

    Looks like a lot of fun. Could you go inside the windmill, or is it just for show?

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  2. Nancy says:

    It looks delightful!

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  3. mike says:

    That looks like a lot of fun. I use to live in Brooklyln in the 1970s. I was born across the street from a McDonalds :)

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  4. avanta7 says:

    My husband would say, “Those are my people!” He still carries a grudge* that the British stole Manhattan from his Dutch forebears. :D

    *Jokingly, of course, since he married me with my taint of pure British ancestry. ;-)

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