Land So Fair
by Courtney Alfred Haff
The 400-year anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of the Hudson River, provides a vantage point for understanding how the Dutch have influenced lower Manhattan’s residential, vacant, and publicly owned land markets from the days of New Amsterdam to the Wall Street of the future for the world’s financial center. Solutions to New York City’s current fiscal crisis, can be found in the preservation of the historic land policies, settlement patterns, economic strategies, and financial plans formulated during the Dutch legacy. Peter Stuyvesant’s negotiations with the British during the 1664 takeover of New Amsterdam laid the foundation for many aspects of the U.S. Bill of Rights and Constitution. The innovative plan for bringing this important story and sense of place to life through the process of “Imaging New Amsterdam” is the subject matter of this book.
Courtney Alfred Haff, AICP, Ph.D. provides municipal, corporate, and real estate investment banking services, housing market and feasibility studies, project management, asset valuation, historic preservation, land conservation, and small town plans.
He founded Haff Associates, Inc. (HAI) in 1997. His clients include cities, states and authorities, educational institutions, health care facilities, business improvement districts, museums and cultural institutions, tourist destination, and transit-oriented development entities.
He was the project director of the New Amsterdam History Center with a website www.newamsterdamhistorycenter.org. and is a direct descendant of the first settlers of New Amsterdam and Plymouth.
He has been an adjunct professor in municipal finance and planning at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and at Westfield State College in physical geography and lab. He was a “Brave Rifle” as an armored calvary platoon leader with the 3rd Armored Calvary during the Vietnam War era.