New Amsterdam in Red Hook

David Johnston

New Amsterdam Post-Sandy


New Amsterdam Records moved to their newly renovated space in Red Hook just a few months ago.  Then the recent storm struck. Not only was the facility severely damaged, but equipment, vintage keyboards, and vinyls were also damaged. 70% of their CD catalogs and all financial records were completely destroyed.

As an artists’ service organization and record label, New Amsterdam serves a vital role to our city and beyond, bringing a diverse spectrum of artists, new music and jazz to the city.  New Amsterdam has quickly become a fixture through its concerts, festivals, series and tours. Their mission of working with artists who “embody a spirit of openness, grounded in musical traditions of depth and substance message” has allowed them to collaborate with an impressive array of artists and institutions.

Events such as their Ecstatic Music Festival and Ecstatic Summer, a series of free outdoor and indoor events at the World Financial Center are just some of many events. A recent 2011 Ecstatic collaboration brought together tUnE-yArDs, William Brittelle, and Caleb Burhans with Roomful of Teeth, among many others. New Amsterdam Record’s releases have received Grammy nominations, topped Billboard charts, and garnered raves from WNYC, The New York Times and Time Out New York.

An amazing team, including our Board member Judd Greenstein, leads New Amsterdam. We hope that despite this setback, New Amsterdam will continue to thrive.

Please visit their website for information on how to support them. Click here for photos of the damage and to follow New Amsterdam’s recovery.


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