A local news roundup for Amsterdam, shared in English.
week 38 | shared 21 Sept 2017
The city of Amsterdam has seen an outpouring of gratitude and sadness as the Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan finally steps down due to his illness | From messages on the municipality’s website, to an organised applause outside his house; Amsterdammers let their feelings about their popular mayor known. Van der Laan announced the news in a letter to all Amsterdammers and urged people: “Take care of our city and of each other.” The deputy mayor Kasja Ollongren will step into his role for now.
Eighteen childrens’ farms in Amsterdam have agreed new principles for the welfare of their animals | The city in turn, has made an extra €530,000 available to them, to be spent on housing, education and security.
As a judge upholds Geerte Piening’s fine for urinating in public, the feminist outcry continues | ‘Caught short’ one night in Leidseplein, after all the bars had closed Geerte said she had no option; in Amsterdam there are 35 public restrooms for men and just a few for women. The judge maintains that she could have used a men’s urinal. On Facebook nearly 8,000 people have shown an interest in protesting this idea, and Geerte is hatching her own plan to fix the situation. Expect a demonstration …
Not one but two Amsterdam office buildings have won international architecture awards | In Noord, the HQ of buggy company, Joolz, renovated an old industrial hall and in the Houthavens, the European HQ of Calvin Klein & Tommy Hilfiger sits at the end of a pier.
The local green party, Groenlinks, have shared their draft election program, which includes some big asks | They want to ban cars from the city centre, including Mauritskade, Stadhouderskade, and Nassaukade. GroenLinks also says cars users should lose privileges, such as cheap parking and immense space. 10,000 parking spaces should be converted into bicycle parking spaces, they say. [Hang on, did they say “cheap parking”?] According to Het Parool, other eye-catching policies announced by the party include decolonising school books, banning Zwarte Piet from the city, allowing the city to buy the debt of those in financial need, and banning consumer fireworks.
Hotspots for bike jams have been documented by Het Parool | With up to 60 metres trailback on the bike paths up to Museumbrug where Centrum meets Zuid, 48 metres at De Clercqstraat and Bilderdijkstraat in West, and 20 metres at Czaar Peterstraat and Sarphatistraat in Oost, bike jams are a real headache at rush hour, the paper shows. One expert says simply making the cycle path wider will not solve the problem. So what will?
The new look Rokin is now open | After two years of construction work, the new boulevard was unveiled. More walking space has been added, new trees have been planted, and there are plenty of terraces for those sunny autumn days.
Research has shown that a bike bridge between Zeeburgereiland and Sporenburg would not result in many more motorists or tram 26 passengers changing to bike travel. Het Parool reports that as most travelers head to the eastern and southern sides of the city, a new bridge towards Centraal Station would not make much difference. The €140m price tag was also felt to be too high and there would be an undesirable effect on the quiet area of Sporenburg (which faces KNSM-eiland). The municipality has said that further research is necessary and there may be other options to explore, such as a cycling tunnel to Sporenburg.
A top Amsterdam hotelier speaks out to defend the industry | Remco Groenhuijzen, the director of the luxury hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand, has said to Het Parool that he is “disturbed” by the one-sided image locals have of the hotel industry. “It is in the interests of every hotelier that the city is alive” he says. He also believes that the sudden growth in the number of hotels may have affected the perceptions of Amsterdammers on the issue.
Speaking of which …
A new Asian-themed hotel on the Geldersekade gets the green light | A new hotel can only be built in the city centre if it has a unique new concept and local residents objected to Kin-Ping Dun’s plans. However, a recent ruling has found that the property owner’s dream for a asian-hotel, and studio for asian artists, meets this requirement.
Heads up | Some things in Amsterdam are destined to get sold out, so here’s a heads up for tickets you might not want to leave to the last minute.
- Evanescence, the US rock band will play a live concert with orchestra on Sunday 25 March 2018, as part of their Synthesis tour. It’s at the AFAS (formerly known as the Heineken Music Hall and tickets go on sale on Friday 22 September.
- Alt-rock band, Imagine Dragons, will play the Ziggodome on 19 February 208. Tickets also go on sale on Friday 22 September.
- And finally the annual Britsoc Bonfire Night will take place on Sunday 5 November from 16:00-20:00 at the Watersportscentrum Sloterplas. There will be food, BBQ, mulled wine and a Guy Competition, for what is also Guy Fawkes Day.
🌤 And here’s our latest weather outlook for Amsterdam courtesy of BBC weather and weer.nl
Sunny intervals forecast for the weekend, and hardly a drop of rain. Expect a sunny day on Sunday when the temperatures may reach as high as 20 degrees.
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