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This neighborhood is located to the south of Postjeswetering, and between the river and principal navigation route Schinkel and westwards Westlandgracht. In the southernmost point of this neighborhood lies its greatest secret and the best place in town to chill out: cemetery ‘Te Vraag’. This cemetery has not been in use for decades and is now cared for and cherished as a romantic park by the artist husband and wife who live there.

The neighborhood has two main squares: Hoofddorpplein and Surinameplein. Hoofddorpplein was built during the period 1927-1930 by Johan Melchior van der Mey. Together with Pieter Kramer and Michel de Klerk, Van der Mey designed the famous Scheepvaarthuis (1911-1916) opposite Central Station, which is now Grand Hotel Amrâth. Hoofdorpplein is a fine example of the style of the final period of the architecture of which these three architects are leading exponents: the Amsterdam School. The completely renovated corner Sloterkade Hoofddorpweg, near the square where ‘Schinkel-apothecary’ is now housed, stands out for this style. At Hoofddorpplein and in the area of the square there are an unusually large number of shops, including some specialists (for example the wine and spirits merchant Overmars) whose reputation extends far beyond the neighborhood.

schinkelkadeArchitect J. Roodenburgh’s Surinameplein was laid out in the beginning of the 1920s. What stands out architecturally is in particular the arcade construction. Cornelis Lelylaan that accesses ring road A10 and that emerges at Surinameplein is an important access route to the city. The square is conceived on a large scale and is, apart from the construction on the east and south sides, primarily a large roundabout.

surinamepleinOn Sloterkade is ‘Caffe Oslo’ and a little further ‘Gent aan de Schinkel’, attractive lunchrooms where you can also sit outside and watch the passing boats. The neighborhood is in the first place residential and held that status with its location on the edge of town, but the center is extending increasingly further towards the suburbs and via Amsterdam Old-South and the attractiveness of the shopping area around Hoofddorpplein has resulted in a strong increase in demand for houses in this neighborhood and the increase in prices per square meter has not remained behind. The neighborhood is also because of its location relative to the South Axis, the A10 ring road and the proximity of the Amsterdam Woods attracting increasing attention.

The most important tramlines are line 2 over Hoofddorpplein and line 1 over Surinameplein.

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