In the 1600s, the Dutch acquired the island of Manhattan from the Native Americans. They began a settlement at the southernmost tip, named New Amsterdam.
In 1664, the English took over New Amsterdam and renamed it New York after the Duke of York. Much of the Dutch heritage from the original colony still remains today. Many of the streets in lower Manhattan still run along their original path.
Much of New York maintains Dutch or Dutch-derived names, such as:
Bowery Lane - Bouwerijlaan, meaning farm street
Broadway - Breede Wegh, which means broad road
Harlem - Haarlem, after the Dutch city
Brookyln - Breukelen, after the Dutch city
Stuyvesant Street - after Peter Stuyvesant, Dutch director-general of New Netherland
Wall Street - after the city wall around New Amsterdam
Bloomeffects calls both Amsterdam and New Amsterdam home. We are proud of our Dutch heritage and our ties to New York City with our headquarters located in Manhattan.