You’ll surely get a hankering for some of the city’s most iconic foods if you take a look at the flags currently flying at Rockefeller Plaza.
In its fourth year, The Flag Project, which is a crowd-sourced art exhibition that takes over iconic public spaces in NYC, has partnered with City Harvest, New York’s largest food rescue organization. Across the 193 flags surrounding the plaza’s perimeter, visitors will get a closer look at people’s most memorable food moments in NYC.
“Food brings families together and food brings our city together,” said Jilly Stephens, CEO of City Harvest. “We are honored to partner with Rockefeller Center and some of our city’s best chefs and fellow New Yorkers to spotlight the foods that make our city the diverse, delicious place we call home.”
The public was tasked to submit their culinary-inspired artwork (amateur or expert) for the chance to be one of the lucky winners displayed throughout the month of April. What was chosen varies from afternoon picnics in Central Park to a pastrami on rye with mustard.
Scenes depicting favorite memories from Rockefeller Center’s fabulous community of chefs like Ignacio Mattos of Lodi; Greg Baxtrom of Five Acres; and Pebble Bar owners Matt Kliegman, Noah Bernamoff, and Carlos Quirart can be seen as well.
“We’re delighted to partner with City Harvest to give back to New Yorkers in need as part of this year’s Flag Project, which has quickly become one of Rockefeller Center’s most beloved annual events,” said EB Kelly, Senior Managing Director at Tishman Speyer and Head of Rockefeller Center. “This past year has brought so many incredible culinary visionaries to our Rock Center campus from across New York City, and we look forward to continuing to highlight the rich diversity of the city’s culinary community with this year’s exhibition.”
Last year’s flag project honored the theme of “Only One Earth” for World Environment Day in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Climate Museum. Each of the flagpoles featured an eco-friendly, biodegradable flag as the focal point for Rockefeller Center’s Earth Day activities.
Read more about this year’s Flag Project on Rockefeller Center’s website.