At the beginning of the 1920s there was a huge increase of population in Amsterdam and construction commenced of the East Indies Neighborhood. It remained relatively isolated lying as it did behind the railway line, but this changed in 1939 when the railway line at the Muiderpoort station was placed on a dike body. The East Indies Neighborhood is ethnically extremely varied with an estimated one hundred different languages being spoken. The 1980s and 1990s saw the renewal of large sections of the East Indies Neighborhood and at this time an urban renewal project is in hand.
The Municipality of Amsterdam designated Dapperstraat as market traders’ street. Dapper Market currently attracts many thousands of visitors every day, but is more than a tourist market. There must be at least 250 stalls there every day. It offers a wide range of clothes, food and exotic goods at favorable prices. The goods on offer vary almost by the day. Open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 – 17:00 hour. Trams 9 and 14 to the Eerste van Swindenstraat.
The plans for the establishment of the park date from 1908 when naturalist and founder of Dutch conservation Jac. P. Thijsse advocated a recreational area between the Jewish Cemetery and Nieuwe Diep. Zuiderzeepark, which was later renamed the Flevopark was officially opened in 1931. Because of the unique location of the park at the edge of the city and on the water of Nieuwe Diep, you will encounter here plant and animal species that do not appear in any other urban park. There are here many bird species that migrate to this area via the Flevopolders. The Jewish Cemetery, in use since 1714 is home to some 200,000 graves. There have been no funerals at the cemetery since 1942, but the existing graves are, as is Jewish custom, left intact. The cemetery is not open to the public and provides therefore refuge to all kinds of animals.
Further up Flevopark you will come to the Flevopark Swimming Pool. For the sporting swimmers there is a large, deep 50-metre pool, for children a shallow pool with play island and for the toddlers a pool with ample seating accommodation around it and there are extensive meadows for sunbathing. The outdoor swimming pool is open from the end of April to beginning of September. The pool is during this period open daily from 10:00 to 17:30 hour. The cash desk closes at 17:00 hour.
Tramlines 3, 7 and 14 each have a terminus in the East Indies Neighborhood. Line 3’s terminus is Muiderpoort Station, Lines 7 and 14 both have as terminus Flevopark. Bus lines: 15, 22, 37, 40 and 41 pass through the East Indies Neighborhood.
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