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Thursday, January 29, 2009

NIGHTLIGHT: Going Dutch at the Moma at "Starry Night"

On January 28th, the Moma hosted a fabulous event celebrating four centuries of Dutch-American friendship presented by the Netherlands Government, NYC and Company and the City of Amsterdam. Four hundred years ago, Henry Hudson arrived aboard the Dutch vessel "Halve Maen" in New York City. Matt Lauer and his wife were in attendance as well as the mayor of Amsterdam and other dignitaries. Guests were treated to smurf-blue Starry Night cocktails and a fabulous array of h'ors dourves including nicely-seasoned shrimp.

In addition to the friendship theme, the common values of freedom, openness, entrepreneurship and tolerance were celebrated. As with most MOMA events, the museum was open for viewing but the cocktail party was strictly downstairs.

Earlier in the day, Mayor Bloomberg unveiled a model of the New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion, a gift from the Netherlands government to NYC to be installed in the Battery in late 2009.

This will be followed up with a special Harbor Day on September 13 featuring events and activities such as free bike rentals and ferry rides to encourage New Yorkers to enjoy the waterfront.

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