The Dutch are coming — again — and they’re bringing more than the $24 they supposedly paid for Manhattan.
The Netherlands government this year is spending $8 million promoting and staging events and exhibits in New York and elsewhere to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage on the river that would later bear his name.
Some of that foreign funding can be seen in action Saturday, when a fleet led by a pair of 17th-century Dutch ship replicas — including the locally built Onrust — lifts anchor in New York City and sails up the Hudson River for Albany.
The River Day event begins this evening with the blessing of the fleet in New York Harbor, with departure set for the following morning. Organizers say more than 300 vessels are expected to participate.