The coming three Saturdays (8, 15 and 22 Aug) NY400 will be part of NYC’s Summer Streets. Park Avenue and connecting streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park will be closed to motor vehicles, a green and sustainable transportation campaign designed to give everybody a chance to get out and enjoy the streets freely! During this event, you can rent for free one of our 150 bright orange NY400 bicycles, and, even better, win one by submitting your Summer Streets photos to the Summer Streets 09 Flickr group. The best four pictures will win an orange NY400 bikes. For more details on the event and the competition go to http://www.ny400.org/events/summer-streets
This year we celebrate 400 years of enduring friendship between the Netherlands and the United States. Four hundred years ago, a Dutch ship called the Half Moon guided to the shores of what is now New York City with Captain Henry Hudson at the helm. This led to the establishment of New Amsterdam and the New Netherland colony. Some 167 years later, in 1776, the Dutch were the first to salute the flag of the United States of America. NY400 celebrates the free spirit, openness, entrepreneurship and tolerance of those Dutch-American pioneers, and their continued relevance today and beyond.