Ellen Himel­farb

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Writer A reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to Am­s­ter­dam, Himel­farb saw a fresh side to the city on her as­sign­ment to Bi­jlmer­meer, a mon­u­men­tal 1960s hous­ing es­tate, home to some of the coun­try’s most prom­i­nent rap­pers and a newer creative crowd (page 120). ‘The Bi­jlmer got a sec­ond chance af­ter it hit rock bot­tom in the 1990s,’ the Lon­don-based writer says. ‘Bru­tal­ist es­tates get such a bad rap, so a rare suc­cess is worth cel­e­brat­ing.’ Himel­farb is now in the early stages of a book on one of Lon­don’s long­est Ro­man roads.

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