Flag of New York City

Flag of New York, NY (1977–present). Variant including the Latin inscription shown.
Flag of the Mayor
The flag unfurled in flight.
Flag without seal

The flag of New York City is a vertical tricolor of blue, white, and orange charged in the center bar with municipal seal in blue. The tricolor design is taken from the flag of the United Netherlands used in 1625, the year New Amsterdam was settled on the island of Manhattan.

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History

The current design dates from December 30, 1977, when the seal was modified to use 1625 instead of 1664 (when England took possession) and inclusion of the Latin inscription Sigillum Civitatis Novi Eboraci ("Seal of the City of New York") within the seal was made optional (thus resulting in two equally acceptable variants).

Mayoral Flag

The office of Mayor of New York City has its own official variant, to which is added an arc of five five-pointed stars (representing each of the five boroughs) in blue above the seal.

Symbolism

  • Bald Eagle: The symbol of the United States of America.
  • Native American: The original inhabitants of the area.
  • Seaman: Symbolizes the colonisers of the area.
  • Beaver: Symbolizes the Dutch West India Company, which was the first company in New York (called Nieuw Amsterdam back then).
  • Windmill: Remembers the Dutch history of the city and the prosperous industry of milling flour.
  • Flour barrels: The industry.
  • 1625: The year in which the city of New Amsterdam was founded by the Dutch.

Use

The flag is sometimes, but rarely, flown without the seal at the center, making it a simple blue, white, and orange tricolor.

The flag is flown frequently throughout the city. It is always flown at New York City Hall and all other government buildings. It is also flown at many public and private businesses, private residences, and parks, including Yankee Stadium.

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