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NYC Flag

Personally the New York City flag is one of the best examples on how important the Dutch were for current NYC. The flag could be used for the Netherlands as well, it says it al.

BROOKLYN

Brooklyn

Brooklyn, or Breukelen is probably the most influenced neighborhood of New York City. Brooklyn is named after Breukelen, a city in the Dutch province ‘Utrecht’.

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Fort Amsterdam

Battery Park is a park in the southern tip of Manhattan. I always think of it as a strange name. I always think of an electrical battery but it is not named after that.

WALL_ST

Wall St.

Wall street is named after the city wall of New Amsterdam.

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Water

Neighborhoods and street names aren’t the only things named after something Dutch. Some rivers and other water things also got their names from the Dutch.

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Neighborhoods

Three of the five boroughs of New York City have Dutch origins. The five boroughs of New York City are Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

ADAM

Amsterdam

New York was called New Amsterdam and although ‘Amsterdam’ made room for ‘York’, you still see plenty of things referring to Amsterdam.

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Queen Beatrix

The Dutch Queen, who was a princess in 1959, visited New York on September 11 1959 to celebrate the 350th birthday of the Dutch – New York connection.

YANKEES

Yankees

Yankees, everyone heard about them. But almost no one knows what it means or what the origin of the word ‘Yankee’ is.

VANDERBILT

Surnames

Years pass but a surname remains. Surnames like ‘Vanderbilt’, ‘Roosevelt’ and ‘Van Cortlandt’ are pretty famous in United States.

Dutch words

Not only did the Dutch people influenced current New York City, they also influenced the English language a little bit.

DUTCH_ST

Street Names

Not only Wall St. is named after something Dutch. No, there are lots of street names named after their original Dutch name or something else that refers to the Netherlands.

About

About

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you when I tell you this website is about New Amsterdam. New Amsterdam was the capital of New Netherland, a region that these days is better known as New York City.