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The famous Magere Bridge (Skinny Bridge) spans the Amstel
Groot Mokum, as the Great City has been called in Yiddish since Rembrandt's time
Damrak, a splendid starting point for a trip through the cityCentral Station, designed by P.J.H. Cuypers

The opening of the Central Station in 1889 positioned Amsterdam firmly on the rail map. The years after 1870 also saw a band of new workers' neighbourhoods arise, beyond the Buitensingelgracht. Quality of building, life and surroundings were low priorities. The Housing Act of 1901 was designed to end the appalling living conditions endured by many people. The authorities now had powers to confiscate and demolish slum dwellings. The new Act also set out minimum building standards. New grant arrangements led to creation of many housing cooperatives that still nowadays are important players in the provision of public sector housing in Amsterdam.

You can make a trip, not only on foot, but also by a canal touring boat, of which there are many in AmsterdamSt Nicholaas Church, dated 1888

In the shadow of the St. Nicholaas Church lies a semi-circular, brick building that is called the Schreierstoren (Wailing Tower) dating from the Middle Ages. Legend has it that it was here the wives of the seamen parted from their seafaring loved ones.

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