Geuzenveld-Slotermeer is slotted between Haarlemmerweg to the north and the Sloterplas and its surrounding parks to the south. Moving west to east, it begins green with the reclaimed land of Osdorper Binnenpolder with its sports and recreation areas and extends to the Einsteinweg highway beyond which lies the Bos en Lommer neighbourhood.
South of what is now Sloterplas, the town of Sloten was first mentioned in 1063, which might make it older than Amsterdam. Today it remains a charming old village. The areas around it, including Geuzenveld-Slotermeer, were all farmland for centuries. Until as late as the 1950s, when the area was developed, local growers would bring their produce to the city to sell at markets.
The general construction of houses was poor due to the austerity of the post-WWII period, however, since 2001 the neighbourhood has undergone large-scale renewal as part of the ‘Direction Park City 2015’ programme and thanks to funding and subsidies from the national government.
Sloterplas, a former lake that was drained and filled in 1644 and dug out again in 1950, is a large recreation area. Its shores are protected and the lake contains many relatively rare animals and fish – including the ‘monster of Sloterplas’ (likely just a very big carp). The recreational area offers a variety of water sports options including canoeing, sailing, swimming and fishing. Heading west, there are many community gardens and private allotments.
Geuzenveld-Slotermeer is primarily residential and is undergoing significant urban renewal to improve housing and living environment. It is one of the largest urban renewal projects in Europe.
Around 65% of the residents in Geuzenveld-Slotermeer have a non-Dutch background, making it one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in Europe. Plein ’40-’45 forms the neighbourhood’s centre with a bustling daily outdoor market and a shopping centre.
Eating, drinking etc
In general, this is an area where people enjoy a quiet family life as opposed to going out. A museum dedicated to Nieuw-West’s urban development opened in 2010: the Van Eesteren Museum. Meanwhile ‘cultural breeding grounds’ and artists’ studios are beginning to organise community-oriented events and parties.