Amsterdam is the story of a euthanasia pact between two friends, a composer and a newspaper editor, whose relationship spins into disaster.
The book begins with the funeral of artist Molly Lane. Guests at the funeral include British Foreign Secretary Julian Garmony, newspaper editor Vernon Halliday, and composer Clive Linley. The three share certain attributes: each has a very high opinion of himself, each was at some time Molly's lover, and each regards the dead woman's husband, George, with a mixture of amusement and contempt.
Clive and Vernon muse upon Molly's death. It seems she had some kind of rapid-onset brain disease (not specified) that left her helpless and mad. Neither man can understand her attraction to Julian Garmony, the right-wing Foreign Secretary who is about to challenge his party's leadership.
Clive returns home to continue work on a symphony he has been commissioned to write for the forthcoming millennium. Much of the work is complete, save the crucial signature melody. He resolves to go walking in the Lake District, as this tends to inspire him.
Brel worked on the song at his house overlooking the Mediterranean at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, the house he shared with Sylvie Rivet, a publicist for Philips; a place she had introduced him to in 1960. "It was the ideal place for him to create, and to indulge his passion for boats and planes. One morning at six o'clock he read the words of Amsterdam to Fernand, a restaurateur who was about to set off fishing for scorpion fish and conger eels for the bouillabaisse. Overcome, Fernand broke out in sobs and cut open some sea urchins to help control his emotion."
Two different Amsterdam industrialists owned Kentucky Derby winners...John Sanford of Amsterdam had not bred the Kentucky Derby winner but purchased the horse in 1915. The Sanfords operated one of Amsterdam’s largest carpet-making factories ... The location in the town of Amsterdam is a regional shopping mecca today.
(The venue actually encompassed two buildings, 2249 and 2247Broadway.) ... The entire store encompassed 2,500 square feet on the street level of a five-story Italianate structure (the northernmost section of the five buildings that make up Zabar’s today).
And they built a bunch of white buildings ... It included more than 500,000 buildings in this scale ... They had platforms on the roofs of buildings for flying machines ... He had this whole notion of wanting to actually build a future city that he called the experimental prototype community of tomorrow.
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(The venue actually encompassed two buildings, 2249 and 2247Broadway.) It was a good location for a retail store ... The entire store encompassed 2,500 square feet on the street level of a five-story Italianate structure (the northernmost section of the five buildings that make up Zabar’s today).
Lou Hildebrandt, Sr., a thoroughbred jockey for Amsterdam’s SanfordStudFarm, and GraceGilbert, a visual artist, went together in their later years ... Lou’s son Sam (Louis Hildebrandt, Jr.) has been active in Friends of Sanford Stud Farm which has led a campaign to preserve some of the farm’s buildings on Route 30 in the town of Amsterdam.
SCHENECTADY – A city man attempted to set an apartment building on fire recently, authorities said ...Thompson is accused of attempting to set fire to his apartment building that afternoon by turning on his gas oven cooktop, placing items on top of the stove and starting a fire, according to police allegations filed in court.
AMSTERDAM – Walking into Amsterdam’s Walter Elwood Museum several years ago, artist Brent Birnbaum felt a connection to the place ... “A lot of my artwork that I’ve been cultivating for 20 years is about objects and building collections,” Birnbaum said ... The goal of the galleries was to build the neighborhood back while helping out artists.