With the arrival of Henry Hudson in 1609 to the end of Dutch rule and subsequent “Act of Surrender” to England in 1664, THIRTEEN brings this early history of New York City, Albany and places in between to life in a new 60-minute documentary commemorating the 400th anniversary of Hudson’s epic journey to the river that bears his name. Dutch New York premieres Thursday, September 10 at 8 pm on THIRTEEN. The broadcast coincides with NY400, a week-long, city-wide celebration of Dutch culture in New York.

Dutch New York is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG – one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers.

Historian Barry Lewis, host of THIRTEEN’s Walking Tour series, takes viewers to key locations around New York – from Wall Street to the Bronx, the East river to the outer boroughs, and upstate to Albany and Cohoes Falls – to offer insight into how Dutch ideals in politics, religion and trade shaped the people and island of what would become New York, into one of the most influential and thriving cities among the American colonies. Dutch New York features interviews with experts including Dr. Charles Gehring, Director of the New Netherlands Project, Dr. Eric Sanderson from The Mannahatta Project, and historian Dr. Joyce Goodfriend from the University of Denver.

The program also examines the dynamic between the early Dutch settlers and the indigenous Peoples of Mannahatta as they established trade relations – first in beaver pelts, then in the famous purchase of the Island itself for $24.

About Barry Lewis

Barry Lewis was born and raised in New York City and educated at the University of California at Berkeley, the New School for Social Research in New York, and the Sorbonne in Paris. For the past 25 years he has lectured for institutions as diverse as the Cooper Hewitt Museum, Bard Graduate Center, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Harvard School of Planning. Lewis has written on Midtown and Fifth Avenue in the guide book NEW YORK WALKS, and was one of the most sought-after tour guides for The 92nd Street Y’s popular walking tour series. His sections on New York City Architecture and the Borough of Queens appear in the current BERLITZ GUIDE TO NEW YORK.

Lewis, who received the New York Society of Architects’ Distinguished Service Award for his work on Thirteen’s “Walking Tours” series, conducted a seminar on the neighborhoods of New York City at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and recently returned for a lecture on the 100th anniversary of Times Square. He currently teaches architectural and interior design history at The New York School of Interior Design, and also leads a course for the public on the history of New York City’s architecture and urban planning for Cooper Union Forum.

Production Credits

Produced by
James Nicoloro

Associate Producer
Margaret Restivo

Director of Photography
Mead Hunt

Mary Ann Toman

Production Manager
Rekha Menon

Original Music
Denny Gore

Field Audio
Chris Callus

Additional Camera
Brian Hwang

Field Production
Molly Gandour

Graphics and Photography
James Nicoloro

Production Assistants
Kevin Alexander
Zachary Green
David Nasongkhla
Desiree Akhavan


New York Public Library
Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art,
Prints and photographs

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Kauffman Museum, Bethel college
Mennonite Historical Library

The New York State Library,
Manuscripts and Special Collections

L. F. Tantillo

Mannahatta Project
Wildlife Conservation Society

Board of Trustees
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Library of Congress

Collection of the
New York Historical Society

Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Wien

Bob Landis, Landis Wildlife Films

Block Island Historical Society

Treasures of the Harbor

Albany Institute of History and Art
James Eights

Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia,
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania Collection


Peter Repas

Congressman Maurice Hinchey

Dr. Janny Venema
New Netherland Project

Park Ranger Mike Shaver,
Kevin Li, National Park Service
Governor’s Island National Monument

Craig Hibben
Lasdon Park & Arboretum

Debby Goedeke
Albany County Convention
& Visitors Center

Dr. Alan Singer
Rev. Salomon vazDias
Congregation Shearith Israel

New York State Library
Library Manuscripts Staff

Migdalia Figueroa
Federal Hall National Memorial

The New Netherland Project
Wildlife Conservation Society
New Netherland Museum
Green County Historical Society
David Dorpfeld
Coxsackie New York
Holland Society of New York
Anne Margot van der Baan
Karl Lauby
The New York Botanical Garden
Wildlife Conservation Society
Stephen Fairchild
Daniel McIntosh
Suzanne Glickstein
John DeNatale
Tammy Li
Jim Epstein
Matt Kells
Duana Butler
David Hartman
Tom Stewart
Sandi Vernon
Bob Morris
Rafael Pi Roman
Kathleen Heller
Juliette, Leigha
and Marielle

Dutch New York
Senior Producer
Scott Davis

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