Andries Rees's Tavern

Andries Rees's Tavern (HMFZM)

Location: New York, NY 10005 New York County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 42.379', W 74° 0.568'

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Birth of a City: Nieuw Amsterdam & Old New York

? 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.
Year Placed2009
Placed ByCity Lore & NY 400
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Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 4:48pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 583674 N 4506627
Decimal Degrees40.70631667, -74.00946667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 42.379', W 74° 0.568'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 42' 22.74" N, 74° 0' 34.08" W
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Area Code(s)212, 646, 917, 347, 718
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 55 Wall St, New York NY 10005, US
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