Flags of New York: A Flag Day Retrospective of New York City Crews, Gangs and Ethnic Groups


It’s Flag Day in America and 2013 continues to usher in the ever-ubiquitous use of the ancient trademarks. They get printed on to hoodies, patched on to bags, and even adorned as makeshift robes. A$AP Rocky’s crew has its own. Their cousins, The Tanboys, have theirs too. But what’s New York City’s history with the red, white, and blue? Or better yet, what other flags resonate a little bit deeper than America’s, depending on what neighborhood or side of the fence you’re on?

Take a sociological ride with us as we breakdown a few of the Big Apple’s most visible ethnic communities, groups, street gangs, and musical crews. Now while we won’t cover every group and every flag, we thought we’d round up a list of some well-respected banners (including the stars and stripes) according to their chronological order and cultural significance. Gather around kids, here’s a Rat Lord-sponsored history lesson.


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