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Sex and the City: The Early Years

Sex and the City: The Early Years

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Published by Bill Greer
In 1633 Griet Reyniers invented the role of the Manhattan woman on the prowl, personifying the bawdy world the Dutch created when they settled the Hudson Valley. In this illustrated look at our city’s earliest days, meet Griet and the other characters who created the libertine life New Yorkers know and love: adultress Nanne Beech, closet gay Harmen van den Bogaert, embezzler Cornelis van Tienhoven, chief troublemaker Anthony the Turk, and more. The city was as riotous four hundred years ago as it is today.
In 1633 Griet Reyniers invented the role of the Manhattan woman on the prowl, personifying the bawdy world the Dutch created when they settled the Hudson Valley. In this illustrated look at our city’s earliest days, meet Griet and the other characters who created the libertine life New Yorkers know and love: adultress Nanne Beech, closet gay Harmen van den Bogaert, embezzler Cornelis van Tienhoven, chief troublemaker Anthony the Turk, and more. The city was as riotous four hundred years ago as it is today.

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Published by: Bill Greer on Jun 28, 2011
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Sex and the City:The Early Years
A Bawdy Look at Dutch Manhattanby Bill Greer
About the Author
Bill Greer has spent much of his working life in the heart of New Amsterdam and is a Trustee of the New Netherland Institute. His novel of New Amsterdam,
The Mevrouw Who SavedManhattan
, paints a real and humorous portrait of Dutch life on the Hudson through the eyes of a sharp-tongued bride who comes among the first settlers.
Reviews for The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan
From de Halve Maen, Journal of the Holland Societyof New York, Summer 2009
“[A] romp through the history of New Netherland that would surely
have Petrus Stuyvesant complaining about the riot transpiring
 between its pages … Readers are guaranteed a genuine adventure that
will evoke the full range of human emotions. Once begun, they canexpect to experience that rare difficulty in putting down a book before
they have finished.”
 
From Historical Novels Review,August 2009
“Bill Greer has deftly blended fact and fiction in his humorous tale
 
The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan … The characters are rowdy,
raunchy, loveable, and sometimes despicable, but thoroughly
 believable … This is a thoroughly delightful story that brings the
Dutch colonies to life. The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan isheartily recommended with or without a tankard of beer, not ale, to
accompany it.”
 
Available at:
For a taste of Mevrouw,downloadthe first fifty pages free at BillsBrownstone.com
 
 
Sex and the City: The Early Years
A Bawdy Look at Dutch Manhattanby Bill Greer
F
OUR HUNDRED YEARS BEFORE
Carrie Bradshaw and the girls burst onto the New York scene in Sex and the City, Griet Reyniers invented the role of the New York woman on theprowl. In 1633, Griet stepped off the ship de Soutberg, the Salt Mountain, and onto theManhattan shore.The tiny village of New Amsterdam was eight years old. Two hundred people livedthere. The de Soutberg was also bringing a new Director appointed by the Dutch WestIndia Company, which ruled the place. Wouter van Twiller was the 27-year old nephew of a high official of the Company, Kiliaen van Rensselaer. Van Rens
selaer wasn’t one of 
their Honors the Nineteen who governed the Company, more likely number twenty-two orthree. Today, his name is memorialized in Rensselaer, NY, and the Rensselaer PolytechnicInstitute. Van Twiller seems awfully young for the weighty responsibility of ruling adistant outpost. But
as his Uncle Kiliaen liked to say, “one cannot accomplish as much bydoing well as by having friends in the game.” Maybe that’s how Van Twiller got the job.
 
New Amsterdam after Griet arrived.

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