2009-05-06 / Features

Dutch Tulips Blooming In NYC

Orange tulips have been in bloom all over New York City to honor the 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson's arrival to the New York Harbor, a journey that was commissioned by the Dutch.

The Parks Department and the Fund for the Park Avenue Malls planted more than 150,000 orange tulips to commemorate New York City's Dutch history. The Dutch Community Trust donated some 50,000 and rely on annual contributions from the buildings on the avenue as well as individuals, foundations and corporations. Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said as part of the celebrations for the Henry Hudson Quadricentennial that tulips have been in bloom from Staten Island to Queens. Barbara McLaughlin, president of The Fund for Park Avenue exclaimed how exciting and uplifting the first sighting of tulips on Park Avenue in Manhattan could be.

New York state is celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the enduring friendship between the Netherlands and the United States. Hudson's arrival 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, a committee established to coordinate the anniversary statewide, celebrates the free spirit, openness, entrepreneurship and tolerance of those Dutch-American pioneers, and their continued relevance today.

Queens residents can go to Astoria Park War Memorial, Flushing Meadows Corona Park Ederle Circle and the World's Fair Marina, Fort Totten Park, Macneil Park, Queensbridge Park, Rainey Park, Ralph Demarco Park, Socrates Sculpture Park and Vernon Mall and see if the tulips may still be in bloom.

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