Many have asked about the origins of our City's flag, and the meaning of the colors of the flag and symbols in the City Seal.

The flag combines orange, white and blue 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 white bar, bearing the number 1625. These are the colors of the Netherlands flag, the country which provided the first European settlers to our area in the year sixteen hundred twenty-five.

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 Flour - - Represents early industry




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