The Bustling Metropolis of New York, Circa 1664

This is pretty cool:

“AMSTERDAM – To see some of the most important documents in the early history of New York, you need to go to Amsterdam.
The Rijksmuseum, the Netherland’s national museum, put those documents on display Friday, including early maps and the only report of the purchase of Manhattan by Europeans…

A detailed 1665 painting by Johannes Vingboons is also on display, portraying the early city like a small Dutch village of the period. A windmill stands out in the background, and the town’s gallows are prominently on the coast in plain view of arriving ships.”

Yes, the gallows were on the waterfront to warn sailors to behave themselves while in port. I’s built for four, so it must have seen quite a bit of action.


Here’s the full rez version at Wikipedia.

They’re back!

Just when you thought it was safe to give the Hammer pants away to charity and throw out the suitcase full of hair products (in an environmentaly responsible manner, of course), Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer are embarking on a world comeback tour! Yep, both of ’em in one mega, er, hip show! And just in case you’ve forgotten the magic…

Ice Ice Baby

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