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Andries Reesís Tavern
Birth of a City: Nieuw Amsterdam & Old New York
ANDRIES REESíS TAVERN
Location: † William Street and Wall Street
Dutch Name: † Smit Straet
Here, in 1660, Andries Rees ran a tavern serving his fellow colonists. Taverns were lively centers of social life in the Netherlands, and Dutch settlers carried the tradition across the Atlantic. Entrepreneurs like Rees sold rum and wine imported from the Caribbean and Europe, as well as locally-brewed beer. Drunkenness and tavern violence were problems in Nieuw Amsterdam. In 1663, Rees was taken to court for not reporting a brawl in which his customer Denys Isaacksen stabbed Pieter Jansen, a mason. He was also charged with breaking the law by selling beer during Sunday church hours. But the city court dismissed charges against him, and Rees apparently stayed in business.
Taverns or “taprooms” also played other roles for townspeople. Men and women came to play ninepins and backgammon, and to share gossip and news. Taverns were settings for business deals and public meetings. The beer that taverns sold earned money for local farmers, millers, and brewers. As with their windmills, canals, and houses, the Dutch imported their taverns to ease life in the New World.
Erected 2009 by City Lore & NY 400.
Location. 40° Touch for map. Marker is located at the southeast corner of the intersection of William & Wall Streets, across the street from the Bank of New York and Trust Company Building. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10005, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 48 Wall Street / 40 Wall Street (a few steps from this marker); Bank of New York & Trust Company Building (within shouting distance of this marker); 40 Wall Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Federal Hall National Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Federal Hall National Memorial (about 300 feet away); On this site in Federal Hall (about 400 feet away); Wall Street Palisade (about 400 feet away); New York Stock Exchange (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker. A picture of Dutch men enjoying themselves in a tavern appears at the top of the marker, with the caption “This scene, painted by the artist Jan Steen in the Dutch Republic in 1660, evokes the liveliness of Dutch taverns as they existed on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Learn about New York Cityís colonial Dutch heritage by taking a virtual tour of the Nieuw Amsterdam Trail though lower Manhattan.
Also see . . . City Lore website. City Lore's mission is to foster New York's - and America's - living cultural heritage. (Submitted on November 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Colonial Era •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,377 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 5, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.