July 10, 2009 / Media / Brooklyn news / The Breukelen Paper / Podcast

THE BROOKLYN PAPER GOES DUTCH! Our team is on the ground in Holland!

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AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND, July 9 — Almost 400 years to the day after Henry Hudson discovered the river that would eventually bear his name, three intrepid reporters from The Brooklyn Paper have landed in Holland in a reverse commemmoration, if you will.

Hudson sailed from this Dutch port in 1609, and both Holland and the state of New York are marking the quadricentennial with a slate of lectures, exhibits and events — but reporters Gersh Kuntzman, Mike McLauhglin and Ben Muessig left the friendly confines of Brooklyn to dig deeper and explore the roots of our borough’s greatness in its ancestral home.

But this is no mere all-expenses-paid junket for a trio of pleasure-seeking scribes, no; The Brooklyn Paper team will be maintaining a blistering schedule of fact-finding, research and bike riding.

Here’s what the team will be doing in the days to come:


On Friday, the team landed in Amsterdam and was set to immediately join officials from the Dienst Infrastructuur, Verkeer en Vervoer, which, we’re told, translates to the local Department of Transportation. There’ll be intense discussions about how Amsterdam has become a cycling Mecca — and what Brooklyn can learn.

As always, Ben Muessig will be anchoring the “Mean Streets” coverage, while Mike McLaughlin, our Gowanus Canal beat reporter, conducts his own investigation of which is dirtier: Amsterdam’s miles of waterways or its Red Light District.

Meanwhile, Gersh Kuntzman will travel to nearby Breukelen to meet — and spend the night with — Mayor Geer Mik. That’s a story you’ll see only in this week’s Breukelen Paper (“Your buurt, your nieuws”).


McLaughlin, also known as the Butcher of Flatbush Avenue Extension for his criticism of the Brooklyn art scene, will devour four centuries of art and culture and file a hard-hitting report, tentitively titled, “The Dutch Masters: Great Artists or Total Hacks.”

Meanwhile, Muessig and Kuntzman will explore the city’s restaurant, cafe and coffeehouse culture.


While Muessig and McLaughlin reach out to the descendents of Brooklyn’s Dutch founders, Kuntzman will travel again to Breukelen for a full day of cultural exploits. Mayor Mik will lead him on a bike tour of the town, complete with a stop at the Breukelen Bridge, the exhibit, “Breukelen-Brooklyn 400,” and “American Day” festivities at Parkpodium.

There’ll also be a hard-hitting sit-down with Mayor Mik in the Boom and Bosch (the mayor’s room).

It’ll be a jam-packed three days of journalism that you won’t find anywhere else.

Updated 5:13 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Eazy D from Sheepshead Bay says:
Expect a story about testing the ho's and pot.
July 10, 2009, 1:56 am
Michael from Bay Ridge says:
An article to talk about articles that you're going to write - not really news in my book.
July 10, 2009, 7 am
Kelly from Park Slope says:
Gersh & Geer... does it get better than that?!
July 10, 2009, 8:43 am
Dottie from Mohegan Lake, NY says:
Hope you guys have a great time. Can't wait to read the stories!
July 10, 2009, 9:39 am
Chicago Mike from Sheepshead Bay says:
Forget Michael-the-naysayer, this is shocking in the best way possible. Can't wait to read what you guys have cooked up next!
July 10, 2009, 11:38 am
bob from brooklyn heights says:
right off the plane … and ALREADY getting the local angle (gowanus canal and bicycle lanes). love it!
July 10, 2009, 1:15 pm
Rocky from South Brooklyn says:
Who's paying for this trip. Full disclosure, please. It ain't Uncle Rupert, is it? Smells like a scam.
July 10, 2009, 4:15 pm
Judah Spechal from Bed-Stuy says:
Guessing you'll go to Brownsville next?
July 11, 2009, 2:01 am
Lawrence Gordon from gaphattan says:
I don't understand? Who's holding the video camera in the beginning. Kuntzman clearly has two hands showing.
July 13, 2009, 2:09 pm
Alphons from Breukelen The Netherlands says:
It was nice to meet your reporters yesterday in our town, with the open air concert. Please wright someting about this in your paper. And sorry for the rain.
Greetings, The Popcorn men.
July 13, 2009, 3:42 pm
hans from p slope says:
Hebben jullie iets bijzonder zien?
July 14, 2009, 3:48 pm
phil from pslope says:
that is one edam boondoggle
July 14, 2009, 5:30 pm

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