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[Flag of New York City] by Joe McMillan, 2 June 2000

See also:

Boroughs/Counties of New York City

Borough of ManhattanNew York County
Borough of BrooklynKings County
Borough of QueensQueens County
Borough of the BronxBronx County
Borough of Staten IslandRichmond County
Courtesy of Joe McMillan, 4 June 2000

Boroughs and counties refer to the same geographical entities. New York (City) contains five subdivisions, called boroughs. The boroughs are also counties, making New York (City) one of the only (perhaps *the* only) cities in the U.S. which has counties contained *within*. As counties, they are entitled to have county governments, including sheriffs, etc.

The borough of Brooklyn, where I grew up, was an independent city till the end of the 19th century. In fact, Brooklyn had been itself originally composed of villages. One of them, Flatbush, had its own Town Hall.

Lewis A. Nowitz, 1 July 2000

The Official City Flag

(from Official Directory of New York City)

Description: A flag combining the colors orange, white and blue arranged in perpendicular bars of equal dimensions (the blue being nearest to the flagstaff) with the standard design of the seal of the city in blue upon the middle, or white bar, bearing the number 1625, which colors shall be the same as those of the flag of the United Netherlands in use in the year sixteen hundred twenty-five.
Kurt Stutt, 1 July 1996

The first version of the flag of New York City dates from 27 April 1915 and had the date 1664 under the arms. This date was changed to 1625 (first settlement by the Dutch) on 8 January 1975.
Mark Sensen, 3 June 1998

City Seal

[Seal of New York City]

Interpretation of the Symbols of the City Seal:

Eagle - - Symbol of New York State
Indian - - Represents Native Americans that were already here
Sailor with navigational tools - - Represents settlement
Beaver - - Symbol of the Dutch East India Company (This was the first company to come to New York City)
Windmill, Barrel and Flower - - Represents early industry

Dov Gutterman, 15 April 1999

The Mayor's Flag

(from Official Directory of New York City)

Description: The same in design as the official flag of the city, except that upon the middle or white bar, and above the design of the seal in a semicircle, there shall be five blue five-pointed stars, typifying the five boroughs of the city. The dimensions of such flag are 33 inches by 44 inches.
Kurt Stutt, 1 July 1996

The Councilmanic Flag

(from Official Directory of New York City)

Description: The same in design as the official flag of the city, except that upon the middle or white bar there shall be below the design of the seal, in a straight line, the word "Council"; the dimensions of such flag is the same as the standard size of flags used for state and parade occasions.
Kurt Stutt, 1 July 1996

The flag of New York City has no stars on it. The City Flag with the five stars in an arc over the City Arms (which stand for the five boroughs of New York: Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island) is the Flag of the Mayor of New York. Each of the five boroughs has its own flag. This was documented in a very early edition of the FLAG BULLETIN, back in 1963 or 64 or so.
Dave Martucci, 1 July 1996

Department of Parks

[Flag of New York City Dept of Parks] by Joe McMillan, 5 June 2000

Recalling my train ride to Montreal, I saw an unusual maple leaf flag -- made doubly unusual by the fact that I saw it well before I'd reached Quebec. In fact, it was in New York City, as the train passed a sports stadium of some kind -- it looked like it may have been laid out for football or soccer. Flying next to the U.S. flag above the scoreboard was a white flag with a green maple leaf inside a green circle in the center.
Steve Kramer, 9 May 1998

This is the Department of Parks, flown at any of its installations.
Will Linden, 10 May 1998

Department of Corrections

[Flag of New York City Dept of Corrections] by Pascal Gross, 19 April 2001


During 1998, in observance of the centennial of New York City's emergence as a municipality of five boroughs, the Department of Correction formally adopted as its official flag the design displayed here.

The colors that predominate are those found in the Department emblematic shoulder patch: orange, blue, white and gold. Blue, white and orange also predominate in the official flag of the City in remembrance of colors in the United Netherlands flag that flew over the New Amsterdam settlement in 1625. The five stars surrounding the City Seal on the orange field represent the five boroughs in which the Department operates its facilities. The numerals to the left and right of the stars-surrounded seal spell out the year that the Department was created as a separate agency. The sixteen blue and white stripes represent the number of major facilities operated by the Department at the time of the design adoption.
submitted by Pascal Gross, 19 April 2001

1939 World's Fair

[1939 World's Fair flag of New York] by Antonio Martins, 3 December 2001

This flag was used during the Fair held in New York in 1939.
Dave Martucci, 9 December 1999

The buildings are the trylon (a pyramid, the "triangle") and the perisphere (a sphere, the "disc"), the two buildings, no longer standing, that served as the "trademark" to the fair. There were probably exhibits inside, and probably symbolism to their shape. I have no idea what the three lines are (maybe a design element linking the two). Next time I'm at the Queens Museum of Art, located at the site of the fairs (in the New York City pavilion from 1964, the original home of the United Nations), which has a large exhibit on the two fairs (1964 too) (along with an amazing scale model of New York City, containing every building), I'll check it out.
Nathan G. Lamm, 3 December 2001

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