Our firm takes its name from Holland Square, which was the original name given to what is now called Stuyvesant Square, a majestic four-acre public park in the lower east side of Manhattan in New York. Land for the park was donated to the city in 1836 by the descendents of Peter Stuyvesant, the last Director-General of the Dutch colony of New Netherland. Stuyvesant had presided over the transfer of New Netherland - which is today largely comprised of the Mid-Atlantic States of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Connecticut - to the English in 1664. He later returned and settled in New York City as the patriarch of one of the most prominent American families in the United States.
Many of our clients are familiar with the contributions of another important American of Dutch heritage - Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt - who was born in New York in 1794. In addition to his vast industrial achievements, the Commodore provided the financial resources to establish Vanderbilt University in 1873. Vanderbilt's great granddaughter, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, is the artist who created the statue of Peter Stuyvesant that is on display in the park today.