Our man [formally] of Amsterdam


Grote Bickersstraat 70 A
September 3, 2009, 21:28
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From the guidebook: The Westerdok comprises 3 islands built on the IJ (the bay that Amsterdam ‘turns its back on’) in the early 17th century to provide space for shipyards. Bickererseiland was bought in 1631 by the merchant Jan Bicker, who then developed it. Today the island is mainly residential with a mix of converted warehouses and a jumble of tugs and houseboats.

Realeneiland, the largest of the Westerdok islands, has one of Amsterdam’s prettiest spots: the waterside street of Zandhoek. Here, a row of 17th century houses built by the island’s founder, Jacobsz Reaal, overlook the sailboats moored along the dock.

Home is where the A is. Use the zoom (+) or ‘click and drag’ functionality to get a closer look at the neighourhood.

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