Amsterdam

2008 BMW M3 E92 in Dutch police livery
Jun 23 '17 13:35

A police K9 unit squad car was set on fire in Bos en Lommer in Amsterdam on Thursday. The car was parked on Merlijnstraat, a few dozen meters away from where police officers were dealing with a shooting. A man was shot in the leg, AT5 reports.

"Luckily no people or dogs were in the car, no one was injured", the police said on Twitter. "Fire was quickly extinguished, but the perpetrators fled."

The police were in the area dealing with the aftermath of a shooting, in which one man was injured in his leg. Two perpetrators fled on a dark colored scooter. 

Lonely boy
Jun 22 '17 14:40

Almost half of Amsterdam adults feel lonely to a greater or lesser extent, according to a study by municipal heath service GGD. That comes down to 300 thousand lonely people in the Dutch capital, of which 80 thousand of whom feel "severely lonely". The other 220 thousand say they are "moderately lonely."

Tourists in Amsterdam over Easter 2017
Jun 22 '17 12:10

Amsterdam and Schiphol airport will soon be home to screens and billboards showing various attractions in The Hague. The two cities teamed up for a campaign to tempt tourists into visiting The Hague, instead of spending all their time in crowded Amsterdam. The campaign's motto is capital city to court city, ANP reports.

Amsterdam is traditionally very popular with tourists, and tourist numbers are expected to only increase in the coming years. And while this is great for the economy and employment, it also affects Amsterdam residents. 

Housing Market
Jun 22 '17 10:49

Amsterdam is committed to creating more housing for people with low- or mid-level incomes. To realize this, the municipality is implementing a ratio for new construction projects - 40 percent social housing, 40 percent mid-level rents and 20 percent expensive housing, the city announced in a press release. 

Camel in Morocco
Jun 21 '17 13:50

The municipality of Amsterdam sent letters to all businesses renting camels in the city, informing them that making the animals walk through the busy city is contrary to animal welfare, alderman Laurens Ivens said, AD reports.

Perron_7,_Utrecht_Centraal_Station
Jun 21 '17 12:25

From September 6th NS and ProRail will perform tests in running six trains per hour between Amsterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven. For 14 Wednesdays a train will leave on this route every 10 minutes. If these tests go according to plan, there will be six trains per hour on this route every day from the start of the new timetable in December, NOS reports.

I Amsterdam sign in rainbow colors to celebrate the 15th anniversary of marriage equality in the Netherlands, 1 Apr 2016 (Photo: @iamsterdam/Twitter)
Jun 21 '17 10:14

Amsterdam dropped 21 spots on Mercer's list of most expensive cities in the world for expats. The Dutch capital is now in 85th place, down from last year's 64th position. On the list of European cities, Amsterdam is still 12th most expensive, Het Parool reports.

Online action to show support for a Soho House Amsterdam
Jun 20 '17 14:50

Over a thousand people expressed support online for an establishment of the members-only club Soho House to open in Amsterdam. Previous of the exclusive club, were blocked by the Amsterdam court last month, AT5 reports.

Jun 20 '17 13:30

The new bicycle and pedestrian bridge Amsterdam has planned over the IJ river, between Java Island and Noord, will open for ships that can't fit beneath it at request, Het Parool reports based on the municipality's plans for the Java Bridge. This means that the estimated 30 thousand cyclists who will use the bridge, will often find it with closed gates, waiting for a ship to pass.

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Jun 20 '17 12:15

What was a lovely holiday visiting his boyfriend in Amsterdam, ended in a nightmare for 23-year-old Kevin from Suriname and his partner. On the last night of his vacation, the two young men in the Dutch capital. Kevin was left with a torn lip and swelling, his boyfriend had to undergo oral surgery, AT5 reports.

The police believe that the couple's attack was a hate crime. 

Police
Jun 19 '17 14:50

A gay couple was hospitalized after being injured in what the Amsterdam police is considering a hate crime. The two men were walking in the Damrak, in Amsterdam city center, when four men attacked them, the police said in a statement..

The attack happened during the early hours of Sunday morning. The police are certain that the couple was attacked due to their sexuality. 

Investigators are working on identifying the perpetrators based on footage from several surveillance cameras in the area. They call on witnesses to come forward.

Wallen
Jun 19 '17 12:25

The city of Amsterdam is launching an experiment on Monday in which surveillance cameras and WiFi sensors will be used to snap pictures in the Red Light District to monitor crowds. In this way the municipality wants to find out whether it is necessary to better manage the flow of people through the area, to prevent unmanageable crowds, AD reports. 

The experiment starts Monday and lasts for four weeks. It will be done in Stoofsteeg, Oudekennissteeg and part of the Oudezijds Voorburgwal. 

Airbnb
Jun 19 '17 10:36

The number of Amsterdam homes being rented out on Airbnb is still growing significantly, BNR reports based on figures from Inside Airbnb from July 2016 and April 2017. BNR teamed up with map specialist Esri to create a map showing the numbers of Airbnb listings per neighborhood, for 2016 and 2017.

Remarkably, most of the Airbnb growth happened outside the Amsterdam city center. Some neighborhoods in the city center and Amsterdam Zuid, like Nieuwmarktbuurt, Museumkwartier and Zuidas, even saw a decrease in listings.

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Jun 16 '17 16:15

Dutch food and product safety authority NVWA raided a very expensive Amsterdam fashion boutique this week and seized 105 items of clothing made of leather from endangered species - including shoes, coats, belts, skirts and other accessories made of crocodile, python and anaconda leather, the Volkskrant reports based on a court ruling.

2008 BMW M3 E92 in Dutch police livery
Jun 16 '17 14:56

The police chased down and arrested a suspect of a shooting in Zaandam on Friday in the Coen tunnel in Amsterdam. Two other suspects managed to escape and are still on the run, NU.nl reports.

The shooting happened on Dodonaeusstraat in Zaandam. No one was injured.

The suspects fled after the shooting and the police launched a manhunt. Their getaway car was spotted and eventually forced off the road in the Coen tunnel in Amsterdam. Two suspects managed to escape on foot. The third was arrested. 

The police are still searching for the remaining two suspects.

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Jun 16 '17 13:35

Nine of Amsterdam's 15 tram lines are getting new routes in the new tram line map, which municipal transit company GVB published on Friday. The new map, which works on the so-called fish bone model, will take affect on July 22nd next year - when the newe starts operating if all goes according to plan, NU.nl reports.

Jun 16 '17 10:26

An Amsterdam man arrested at the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven during a Guus Meeuwis concert on June 9th, is suspected of preparing for a terrorist offense, the Public Prosecutor announced. The suspect was released from custody at his arraignment on Friday.

Police
Jun 15 '17 16:20

A police car was first hit by a thrown flower pot, then torched on Admiraal de Ruijterweg in Amsterdam early on Thursday morning, AT5 reports.

Police officers parked their car on Admiraal de Ruijterweg around 2:00 a.m., got out and went into a home to deal with a call. While they were inside, someone threw a flower pot onto their vehicle and then set the car on fire. 

The fire department extinguished the fire, but not before the police vehicle burnt out completely. A forensic investigation was done on the car. 

Jun 15 '17 14:25

Amsterdam is planning two bridges to connect Amsterdam with Amsterdam Noord. The first will by a bicycle bridge from The second bridge will be built in West, near Stenen Hoofd. There are also tentative plans for a pedestrian tunnel at Central Station, the mayor and aldermen announced on Thursday, AT5 reports.

Microphone
Jun 15 '17 13:50

A group of four Amsterdam friends plan to open the Dutch capital's first Japanese style karaoke bar by the end of this year, with six private karaoke booths where you can sing your heart out without worrying about strangers' opinions. To help them reach their goal, the friends launched a

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Jun 15 '17 12:05

The Amsterdam police had to close down the Van Hogendorpplein and a number of surrounding streets on Thursday morning because a seemingly disturbed man was throwing bricks from the roof of the Westerpark school. It took firefighters and a police negotiator over an hour to talk him down, Het Parool reports.

The man was taken to a hospital by ambulance. His condition is unknown.

Local residents told Het Parool that the man lives on nearby Van der Duinstraad and has mental health problems. His neighbors describe him as flirty and "eccentric". 

Police
Jun 14 '17 15:25

Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg is visiting all the stations and officers under his command this week to talk about his proposal to allow headscarves with the police uniform. He hopes to soothe tempers and regain support, AD reports.

The Amsterdam top cop cleared his schedule until Thursday so that he can visit all police teams in the Dutch capital. In 15 sessions of 1.5 hours he will talk to officers and address the fierce criticism that arose after he made the headscarf suggestion. 

Amsterdam
Jun 14 '17 11:45

Terrorism, cyber attacks and climate change are new concerns on top of the official risk assessment for Amsterdam and its surrounding municipalities. Since the previous risk assessment in 2012, safety office Veiligheidsregio Amsterdam-Amstelland dropped a number of older concerns to make room for new risks like the consequences of a terrorist attacks, increasingly dangerous storms due to climate change and the internet falling out due to a cyber attack, Het Parool reports.

 crime scene tape
Jun 14 '17 07:25

A body was found in the Erasmuspark in Amsterdam on Tuesday night. So far the police released no details about the victim's identity, or about how her or she died 

The police closed part of the adjacent Mercatorstraat for the investigation, the police said on Twitter.

According to AT5, the body was found in the lake by a passerby.

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