KNSM island, Amsterdam

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The KNSM Island is a man-made island in the Eastern Docklands of Amsterdam. It is named for the Koninklijke Nederlandse Stoomboot-Maatschappij (KNSM), the Royal Dutch Steamboat Shipping company which used to have its headquarters and its docks on the island. It is now a large residential area containing modern architecture with a mostly well-off population.
Originally, the island was a breakwater for the Oostelijke Handelskade, just like the adjacent Java Island. Later its level was raised with soil dredged from the North Sea Canal. The ensuing harbor terrain was occupied in 1903 by the KNSM, which covered most of the island. In 1956 the KNSM celebrated its centennial, but the decolonization of the Dutch East Indies and the growth of cargo transport spelled the end of the company, which merged into Nedlloyd in 1981. KNSM moved some of its to the Western Docklands of Amsterdam and stopped others, and finally left the area in 1977. In the 1980s, squatters, artists, and urban nomads took over the area. In the 1990s, these groups that occupied what had come to be known as "sloaps" ("sites left over after planning") and had originally been tolerated, were slowly ordered out by the city.
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  • 'S KNSM island is located to the East of Java-eiland, and together they make one bulk island ... With the central part of the city is connected by a dam Verbindingsdam. The island is named for the Koninklijke Nederlandse Stoomboot-Maatschappij ('S KNSM) Royal Dutch Steamboat Shipping company that built on the island of its infrastructure, including docks. Now there is no such company (merged with Maersk), but in the name of the island remained. Currently, the island'S KNSM busy residential buildings and it is believed that there are wealthy and AJAX. Frankly, structures, outstanding soundness of their tenants on the island were noticed, but the islet itself seemed likable.
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  • To be fair, most of the KNSM island is interesting just architecturally speaking. The IJ side of the island is pretty boring, except for the water views, good for dog walking or running. With the exce...  more »
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  • The KNSM island is a peninsula in the IJ. It is part of the Eastern Docklands in Amsterdam East. The KNSM Island is a man-made island in the Eastern Docklands of Amsterdam. It is named for the Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot-Maatschappij (KNSM), the Royal Dutch Steamboat Shipping company which used to have its headquarters and its docks on the island. It is now a large residential area containing modern architecture with a mostly well-off population.
  • To be fair, most of the KNSM island is interesting just architecturally speaking. The IJ side of the island is pretty boring, except for the water views, good for dog walking or running. With the exception of the quay crane B&B, which is kind of funny. When coming up to the end of the Surinamekade, one has a great view of the IJ, and also one can admire the circular affordable housing complex Venetiëhof, part of the Emerald Empire, designed by Jo Coenen. When exiting through the Venetiehof (enter the garden, go straight to the other side), one is confronted by a work of art, kind of like a spindle, or a compass. Go straight and keep left to follow the Levantkade barbeque park at the water side, which is what I did anyway, walk straight on and enter the house boat permanent parking, where one can find many old house boats turned into B&Bs, a dock swimming area, plus one or two nice restaurants. I tried Break Amsterdam (formerly known as Kleine Kaart), and the grilled trout was amazing. Good walking!
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