Let's go Dutch, shall we? For those who aren't familiar with New York City history: The Dutch were the first to settle on the southern tip of Manhattan, naming their colony "New Amsterdam." Of course, it was renamed New York once the British seized control. Nevertheless, the city celebrated its early roots with NY400, a festival marking four centuries since the Dutch explorers first arrived. One of the yearlong festival's events took place on Governor's Island in September 2009. With my pal Hillary by my side, I ventured over to the island for the first time in my life, and enjoyed the sights, sounds, and smells of Dutch culture and craft.

All photos copyright Sheila Kim