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Manhattan on the Maas

February 23, 2010

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What better way to start my search for ‘the American’ in the Netherlands then with this amazing video about the Wilhelmina Pier in Rotterdam. Historically passenger ships from the Holland-America line departed from here to the ‘New World’. Now this area is in the midst of being transformed into a true ‘Manhattan on the Maas’ – perhaps even more spectacular if I dare say so – combining groundbreaking new architecture and high-rise apartment buildings with monumental warehouses.

At the very top of the pier is Hotel New York, a hotel-restaurant housed in the old Holland-America line Head Office. More then ten years ago I stayed in one of the green tower rooms on my wedding night. We woke up at 6 am the next morning from construction work on Montevideo, the first high-rise luxury apartment building in the Netherlands!

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