Amsterdam Centrum wants to reduce traffic problems in the Red Light District by closing certain roads to taxis at night. The district proposed a 6 month experiment in which taxis will not be allowed on several streets around the Red Light District between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. from Thursday night to Monday morning, Het Parool reports.
The Amsterdam police are being flooded with complaints about taxis, the Amsterdam Centrum-Burgwallen department said on Facebook. Most complaints come from the Amsterdam city center and Red Light District area.
According to the police, residents and companies complain about taxi drivers stopping wherever they want to pick up and drop off passengers. They park where no parking is allowed, on the sidewalk or simply in the middle of the road.
The police have released photos of a man who severely assaulted a transgender prostitute in Amsterdam in the hopes that the public can help identify him.
From Monday Amsterdam's Nieuwmarkt square will be car-free for three months. The square will be closed off with benches and planters.
Three police officers were injured while arresting an aggressive man in Amsterdam on Monday morning. Their injuries are not serious. The suspect was not hurt.
Researchers have finally discovered the cause of the underground rumbling sound that has been plaguing the Nieuwmarkt area for the past two years. The sound seems to be caused by electrical separation weldings, which is part of the underground railroad, NU reports.
Three Danish tourists were sickened after using white heroin they thought was cocaine. The tourists, aged 21, 22 and 24 were treated in a hospital and released, the city said in a statement
An Amsterdammer would not startle when finding a cat roaming around their legs in a cafe. For many years, cats have been an integral part of the local colour, ridding premisses of pesky vermin and providing comfort to the regulars. However well known Nieuwmarkt spot Cafe ‘t Loosje has received word from the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) that their beloved cat Smokey can no longer remain on the premises. Outraged by the order, employee Marie Boudri started an online petition which is receiving considerable community support.
At least one policeman fired his gun at a vehicle in Amsterdam following an attack on two police officers. The officers were checking cars for involvement in high impact crimes during a traffic stop in Nieuwmarkt when the driver suddenly pulled out crashing into one of the cops, police said in a statement.
The Mobile Unit had to spring into action on Sunday in Amsterdam to keep the order between supporters of Ajax and SC Cambuur.
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'.