Where I live I’m surrounded by bridges, water and the bustle of ships passing by. It’s called the Noordereiland (Northern island) in the Nieuwe Maas river and is connected by the Willemsbridge and Koninginnebridge.
The name derives from Noorderhaven, now called Koningshaven. When they dug this harbour, the island was separated from the former island Feijenoord. This name should ring a bell with football-lovers even though the name’s now written as Feyenoord.
The island is an Art project too named MS Noordereiland, initiated by artist Joe Cillen who also lives here. The concept: The island is in fact a ship ready to take off one day and sail away with all its inhabitants. If you walk around on the island you’ll see many objects referring to parts of a ship and it also has its own flag.
When you cross the Willemsbridge to the island, the left part looks new. The right part is more authentic and was spared by the bombing (in this case so called “friendly fire”) during WWII.
Take a walk and see the houses on Maaskade 85, 113 and the Hulstkamp building. Try and find all the paintings in ornamented frames on several buildings and other art during a walk or at gallery Ben Wind and Tom Puss, the cat from creator Marten Toonder who lived on the island.
For a superb view on the Erasmus bridge, go to the tip of the island. There are plenty of café’s and lunchroom Fadi’s for a break.