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[New York Works Progress Administration / Works Program Administration] image located by Ned Smith, 29 January 2011

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This unknown flag was reportedly seen in Sutton Place Park that overlooks the East River in New York City. It is a horizontal designed tricolor that is placed in cement as part of a plaque.
Rob Raeside, 25 January 2011

There is a brief comment on Flickr about this plaque (seen at Sutton Place, New York City, US; orange-white-blue horizontal bands with white windmill on blue shield). At a viewer, wiedesign_60, states "NYC during the WPA projects used this icon on many public works projects," but gives no indication if the icon was used as a flag.
    WPA (initially Works Progress Administration, later Works Program Administration) was a U.S. federal agency 1935-1943 authorized to construct public buildings, roads, parks, etc. and underwrite artistic, literary, dramatic, and historical projects. See the Wikipedia article
Ned Smith, 29 January 2011

From the images floating around, the WPA appears to be Blue-White-Red, rather than the other way around.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 29 January 2010

The usual color scheme for the entire agency itself does appear to be blue-white-red, but a New York regional office could have a different scheme. And from the wording of the Flickr quote I'm not sure if they even meant the regional office, or NYC itself using funds provided by the WPA.
Ned Smith, 29 January 2011

The city of New York and Manhattan Borough in particular have used the windmill (or at least its sails) as a symbol since at least 1686. It is the principal feature of both the city and the borough arms. The colors of the Prince Vlag (Orange-White-Blue) have also played an important symbolical role in the city (especially in the Boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx, not to mention the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs). Many organizations and associations use these symbols as well (St. Nicholas Society, Citizen's Union Foundation). I have studied NYC symbols extensively for many years (I grew up in the Metropolitan area) and cannot say I have ever seen this exact arrangement before, but the colors and windmill symbol scream New York City!
Dave Martucci, 5 February 2011