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It’s Flag Day and Manhattan Has One

It's Flag Day and Manhattan has a flag.


Today is national Flag Day, did you know? And Manhattan has its own flag.  Did you know that?

Today’s NYT offers a helpful explanation of Flag Day’s origins plus insight on the messages conveyed by each of the five borough’s flags.

Manhattan’s is the least pretty and most bureaucratic-looking of the bunch.  Nothing wrong with the symbols: a sailor representing our seagoing history, a windmill salute to the Dutch founders, a Native-American and a beaver reminding us that the fur trade helped get our commerce going.  But the design is blah.

We look at the other boroughs’ colorful and artistic flags with envy.

If you have an idea for an improved Manhattan borough flag send it to us.  We’ll publish any clever proposals.


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