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Celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Dutch Arrival in New York Harbor

March 2, 2009 - In 1609, explorer Henry Hudson sailed the Dutch vessel Halve Maen (the Half Moon) up the Hudson River, claiming the area – which would later become New York City – for the Dutch. To this day, New Yorkers share many qualities with the Dutch – a strong sense of optimism and tolerance, and a great appreciation for diversity, design and innovation.

Building on these historic affinities, New York City and the Netherlands are partnering to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Hudson’s voyage. Beginning this month, residents and visitors to New York City will have a chance to channel Hudson’s intrepid spirit by exploring exciting cultural programs that commemorate Hudson’s sail and celebrate the City’s relationship with the Netherlands. Events continue through the end of the year.

NYC400 Featured Events

March 1–December
Tugboats Night & Day
The Noble Maritime Collection  
An art and history exhibition inspired by those beloved icons of New York Harbor, Tugboats Night & Day features a replica of the wheelhouse of the Susan A. Noble, a 19th-century vessel.

March 6–September 7
Fashioning Felt

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum  
This exhibition includes historic examples and contemporary uses of felt in a range of fields, including product design, fashion, architecture and home furnishings. Featured Dutch designers include Claudy Jongstra, Soren Ulrik Petersen, Brigit Daamen and Inge Lindqvist.

March 13
Hudson River Quadricentennial Concert
Tribeca Performing Arts Center  
In celebration of the Hudson River quadricentennial, four of New York's finest and most diverse contemporary performers - violinist Mark O'Connor, clarinetist Don Byron, violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and poet David Gonzalez - have created an evening of new music to honor the beauty of the Hudson River Valley and celebrate its rich cultural history. The multimedia performance will include video projections and spoken-word interludes.

March 15–August 2
Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker

The Jewish Museum   
Before World War II, Jacques Goudstikker was a successful Dutch art dealer. He died fleeing the Nazis, and the Third Reich looted his collection. Recently, his family recovered many of the missing paintings, and 40 of the most impressive will be on display, including rarely seen works by Jan van der Heyden and Salomon Jacobsz van Ruysdael.

March 23-July31
History Panorama: Salmagundians Illustrate Manhattan's 400-Year Founding by the Dutch
Fraunces Tavern Museum  
Established in 1871 as an artists' studio, the Salmagundi space showcases paintings, sculpture, and photography and offers art classes and lectures. This exhibition of 24 monumental panels, created by Salmagundi artists, depicts 400 years of Manhattan history ranging from Hudson's ship fording the River to New Amsterdam to a montage titled "Ellis Island, World Trade Center."

Spring 2009
Gateway to America
National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy
Offering a rich and layered perspective on the world's most significant harbor, this audio-guided boat tour features a sweeping narrative that explores the ways in which geography, defense, immigration and commerce have shaped the history and the future of New York. Narrated by Kathleen Turner, the tour features stories and commentaries by National Park Rangers and other experts. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are just two of the tour's highlights.

For more celebratory events taking place across New York State, visit

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