Welcome friends! Welcome explorers! This is the fourth step in this first series where we step through Old New York and New Amsterdam. In this episode we explore one of the hearts of New Amsterdam, the city’s first town hall, called the Stadthuys. We’ll talk about the drunken characters that stumbled through its doors (it was also a tavern) including the infamous Anthony Jansen van Sale, the “Troublesome Turk”, as well as the efforts and pitfalls in recent decades to search for its ruins of these old buildings beneath the skyscrapers.
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1. Just listen as you go about your day as you would any other podcast!
2. Armchair tour:
If you are enjoying this podcast from the comfort of your home or office or coffee shop and want to follow along visually, here’s the link to the Google Street View of step 4 the Ghosts of City Hall of the Old New York & New Amsterdam series.
3. Visit and take the steps yourself:
If you are in New York and would like to do these steps on your own this episode’s step and the other ones in this series can serve as an audio guide for you as gift from us. Spend an hour or two roaming the streets of New Amsterdam with us. To follow along first make sure you are moving on from the previous “Fraunces Tavern” step. You should continue walking one block northeast on Pearl Street until you reach Coenties Alley. Here is a handy map of the tour you can use in your smart phone/tablet or print it out as you like (Please note, we will add each step as the episode is released, so this series may not be complete yet):
Stadthuys in 1679
As always, Russel Shorto’s book about New Netherland is indispensable: The Island at the Center of the World.
For more on the Stadthuys dig, check out “Unearthing Gotham”.
For more old seaport audio….