In our borough’s very own version of the back page of Highlights for Kids, there was something slightly different about the Brooklyn Bridge this morning that only the keenest observers could spot. Yeah, if you put two photos of the Brooklyn Bridge—one from yesterday and one from today—side-by-side, it would have taken eagle eyes to see what was different and circle it with whatever pen your mom had in her bag while you sat feverish in the pediatrician’s waiting room. But if you look closely (or not too closely, actually, because it’s a pretty big difference) you’d see it: the American flags that usually fly over the Brooklyn Bridge have been replaced by white ones.
Via DNAinfo, at some point in the last 24 hours (possibly at around 10pm, when a Gothamist commenter noted that NYPD helicopters were hovering over the Brooklyn Bridge), the normally vibrantly covered American flags flying over the Gothic arches of the city’s most famous bridge were replaced with white flags. But not just any white flags—these are actually faded American flags. Which… must mean something, right? After all, white flags are a sign of surrender. So these flags must be a demand that… Brooklyn surrender? That Manhattan surrender? That America surrender? We don’t know! Neither, as it turns out, does the NYPD, which issued a statement saying, “We’re looking into some possible incident with the flag that’s on the bridge. We don’t know yet, we’re waiting for information from units that responded.”
And while there’s been no further activity on the bridge since the flags were replaced, it is nonetheless somewhat unsettling of a reminder that many of our most prominent landmarks (which, you know, also double as vital transportation arteries) are so vulnerable to whatever acts random pranksters—or worse—might decide to perform. We’ll keep you updated if we learn more about who replaced the flags, and why.