Drawing away from the thick of Amsterdam’s Red Light District, the Recht Boomssloot steers off the beaten track and into a calm residential area.
The currently unnamed Bridge 249 is one of three bridges that runs through the historic Lastage neighbourhood, now referred to as the Nieuwmarktbuurt, which is a protected heritage site.
The bridge marks the northern end of Brandewijnsteeg, or ‘Brandy Alley’. The name of this narrow street is a reference to the cluster of breweries, distilleries and alcohol storehouses that proliferated here the 17th century.
Evidence of the alcohol trade is still visible in the faithfully reproduced signwritten advertisements that adorn some of the buildings in the area.