From the end of May people will be able to avoid the crowds in the canals of Amsterdam. With new information added to the existing mobile phone application ‘Vaarwater’, a route planner for the canals, people will be able to see where it’s busy.
On Thursday night, a 3-year-old toddler died after falling from the sixth floor. The accident took place at the Kikkenstein flat in Amsterdan Southeast. An eyewitness says that a drunken man threw the child from the flat.
Chris Gorleku (19) was the first to arrive at the boy called Nana. A child of Ghanaian descent, he was still alive then but died later in the hospital. Two men (37 and 46 years old) and a woman (27 years old) were arrested.
Amsterdam’s city council greeted Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s arrival this week with rainbow flags on every building in the city. The flags was also purposely placed around the city center to raise awareness around the world.
1150 drivers received a fine for speeding on the A2 between Amsterdam and Utrecht on the 31st of March. The control system failed to switch to the new daylight saving time.
Amsterdam will earn a considerable amount of money from tourist taxes in 2013. Parool.nl reported that with an eye on the inauguration and the re-opening of museums the city increased taxes with ten percent.
A fast food chain is going to sell French fries with weed sauce in Amsterdam and Utrecht. Creator Albert van Beek added a cannabis concentrate to a base of Flemish mayonnaise.
Russian president Vladimir Poetin will pay the Netherlands a short visit on Monday to open the Netherlands-Russia year together with Queen Beatrix in the museum Hermitage in Amsterdam. Sensitive topics will also be discussed and more than 3,3 thousand people plan to protest against the Russian anti-gay law.
The city council of Amsterdam wants to legalize the cultivation of weed. This should reduce criminality in the supply of coffee shops and because selling soft drugs is legal but growing isn’t, it would make Dutch legislation more logical.
The city of Amsterdam will reduce the number of bicycle taxis from approximately 200 to 100 because of the danger they cause on the road.
According to Parool.nl the municipality of Amsterdam demanded outstanding leasehold from Jewish war victims and fined them for paying late after the Second World War. Students discovered this during digitalization of documents.
After months of research RTL Nieuws revealed the ‘big secret’ of the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam on Friday. The lead cylinder that was found behind a memorial stone of the Marathon tower on the 22nd of November 2012 contained a certificate, an Olympic medal, an Olympic stamp collection and a mysterious note.
In the big cities, especially in the areas around the railway stations, the traffic to and from the stations is often paralyzed because there are not enough parking spots for bicycles, which block the pedestrian areas and parts of the roads.
An article published on Monday in the daily journal Trouw says that in large cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, cycling traffic is growing by 1.5 to 3 percent each year. For Rotterdam, this annual growth is 5 percent.
Amsterdam designated six of the city’s prominent locations to demonstrations of anti-monarchists and other activists during the accession festivities on the 30th of April.
A motorist was injured Sunday when the car they were driving rolled over on the Cornelis Lelylaan in Amsterdam.
The rollover happened around 2.00 pm jamming up traffic on the city's southwest side. A cacuse has not been determined in the crash where the car landed besides the road on its roof. No other vehicles or pedestrians were involved, according to a police official.
The motorist was taken, with unknown injuries, to an area hospital.
The road was blocked for a while for all traffic. Police opened up the road around 3.00 pm.
Property developers started the construction of almost 2000 student homes in Amsterdam. This is in line with the city’s schedule to complete 9000 student residences next year.
Approximately 250 staff of Albert Heijn distribution centers participated in the protest march on Tuesday in Amsterdam for a better contract. According to Netherlands’ biggest employee trade union Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging (FNV) the strikes that started last week are now getting visible in the supermarkets. Bndestem.nl reports that Albert Heijin contradicts this and states that only eleven percent of the distribution staff is on strike, and that 'fortunately, most employees are still working'.
On Monday afternoon a fire started in a physiotherapy practice in de Pijp, next to the photo studio of Erwin Olaf, a famous photographer. The websites of RTV Noord-Holland and AT5 show black clouds of smoke above the area in Amsterdam.
One person was injured Wednesday afternoon when a tram ran into a bicyclist.