July 14, 2009 / Brooklyn news / The Breukelen Paper / Vox Pop

What Breukelen thinks of Brooklyn

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BREUKELEN, THE NETHERLANDS — We asked our friends from the old country what they thought when they heard the words “Brooklyn, New York.” Here is what the Dutchman on the street told us:

“It means history — Dutch history. But when I think of Brooklyn, I think of skyscrapers and the Brooklyn Bridge. Oh, and you have lots of Jews there, and other minority groups. We are so small here, it’s hard to imagine so many different people living together so closely.” D. Goedegegurre

“It’s great. I’ve been there twice. I love the big houses and the small houses. Of course, this was 44 years ago. The Brooklyn Bridge was very nice, but I don’t remember anything else special. I do wish we could import Brooklyn Brewery beer here.” Dik van ‘t Hoff

“It’s very nice because all of you in Brooklyn are my brothers. But when I try to picture Brooklyn in my mind, I see a church, a bar, a town square and people laughing and singing and dancing and being happy.” Bep van ‘t Hoff

“I think it is a big place in New York. But I have a positive feeling about it. I have a positive view of America and Americans in general.” Pieter Hoogveldt

“My first thought is of the Brooklyn Bridge, which is very impressive. But I never went to Brooklyn when I went to New York because it’s not a very hip part of the city. I visited Harlem and was so amazed. But Brooklyn — I didn’t think it was the place to be.”
Han Lyre

“I think of Brooklyn as a suburb of here! But I do have a positive feeling about Brooklyn because of all the Dutch names, like Utrecht.” Gerard Prakke

“I always thought of it as its own community. I didn’t know it was part of New York City.” Dick Seegers

“I know about the history of how we landed there and how we gave you Peter Stuyvesant. But Brooklyn, all I know is that it is a part of New York. I’d like to go to New York, but not really Brooklyn because New York has more to see.” Peter van der Meer

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Margaret Maugenest from Gowanus says:
Zeer interessant om al her commentaar te lezen over Bruekelen vanuit NL. Nieuws voor julie allemaal, Brooklyn is nu de "hip" plaats te zijn! Het is hier mooier dan Manhattan en een van de redenen is dat je hier noch de open lucht kan zien! En volgens de kunstenaar Matisse is het licht hier even mooi als in Zuid-Frankrijk! Echt waar!
July 17, 2009, 9:55 pm
brooklynite from flatbush says:
Shame on you, Peter van der Meer! I know it is not your fault that you do not know Brooklyn, but it has lots, lots to offer. Kinda like visiting Rotterdam (no angry mail from Rotterdam on this) if you are from Amsterdam... It is a city onto itself.
July 21, 2009, 6:57 pm
MarjoleinBookBlog from Amsterdam says:
another dutchie here: I love everything about Brooklyn, but I never visited it (sounds weird I know). I read the Brooklyn Paper almost daily and I have a poster with a brownstone on my wall!
Hope to visit it for real some day! I think brooklyn is a very trendy and eclectic borough!
Sept. 21, 2009, 7:01 pm
ak from Prospect Heights says:
"hip" hah
Jan. 16, 2011, 9:57 pm

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