The flag of New York State boldly displays its State Seal. The shield depicts a sloop and sailboats on the Hudson River; The crest is an eagle perched on part of the terrestrial globe showing the North Atlantic; the on either side of the shield are female figures representing Liberty and Justice.
The design of the civic flag of the city of New York- originally called the "New Amsterdam"- commemorates the city's early history as a Dutch colony. A vertical tricolor, it bears in reverse the historic colors of the Netherlands, orange, white and blue. On the central stripe appears the city's seal. A saltire formed by the arms of windmill quarters two beavers with two flour barrels, symbolizing New Amsterdam's chief articles of merchandise, fur and food. The crest resembles that of New York State, the supporters are, a seaman holding navigational instruments and a Red Indian holding a bow. The motto is Sigillum Civitatis Novi Eboraci ("The seal of the City of New York").