Those are the questions being asked today after one or more unknown parties replaced a pair of American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge towers with a pair of washed out, faded white ones featuring faint imprints of the Stars and Stripes.
The bridge is 24/7 monitored by NYPD CCTV surveillance. So presumably, there will be footage of the perpetrator(s) being reviewed shortly.
Update (July 28):
Per Vocativ’s M.L. Nestel, the investigation is ongoing. DNA samples have been taken from both replacement flags and rumors are flying following the brief Instagram posting of a Brooklyn Bridge-POV photo:
The photo has spurred rumors that the culprits are street artists who zip around town on skateboards, sneak into high-rise buildings to snap photos and post their money shots online. And the scrutiny over the flag gag has incited infighting, despite establishing no culpability, amongst this tight-knit group of daredevil photographers.