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Banksy in New York: See the Street Artist’s Five-Borough Residency

British icon turns the city into his canvas for “Better Out Than In” series

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"An inflatable throw-up on the Long Island Expressway" on October 31st, 2013. Two would be thieves were arrested trying to steal the large graffiti style balloons that spelled out Banky's name, the last of his month long New York residency. When asked what they were planning on doing with the work, one of the handcuffed men responded, "Take it home and put it up. Banksy New York!"

Photo: Banksy.co.uk

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Yankee Stadium

A leopard like cat lounges on a pole at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx on October 30th, 2013. This piece, entitled "Bronx Zoo," is located at Macombs Dam Bridge and Jerome Avenue, and contains everything from a peace sign to a shout out to fellow street artist Cope in the multi-layered pattering. The title of the piece is undoubtably a reference to the 1972-1981 Yankees, who were known as the Bronx Zoo because of all the fighting between George Steinbrenner, Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson. 

Photo: Banksy.co.uk

Courtesy of carnagenyc on Flickr

23rd Street

This Banksy piece on 23rd Street in Manhattan was put up on October 29th. It's a thrift store painting that was vandalized then re-donated to the thrift store Housing Works. The piece, which is of a Nazi soldier painted into a landscape oil painting, is titled "The banality of the banality of evil" and has been put up by for auction in order to raise money for the New York-based non-profit. The painting went for over $300,000.

Photo: carnagenyc

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Coney Island

A Banksy piece in Brooklyn's Coney Island from October 28th. The pigeon and robot, who's doing some spray painting of his own, are located on a building that was once a convenience store but was shut down on account of Hurricane Sandy. The owner was not aware of Banksy's work before it graced his property, but he has since put up plexi-glass in order to preserve and protect it. 

Photo: carnagenyc

Courtesy of carnagenyc on Flickr

Greenpoint

Banksy put this piece up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on October 27th in response to his rejected New York Times column that critiqued the One World Trade Center. The graffiti, which read "This site contains blocked messages" has since been painted over. 

Photo: carnagenyc

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Sunset Park

Banksy's alternative New York bumper-sticker slogan in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, on October 26th. Located on a random truck, it reads "The grumpier you are, the more assholes you meet."

Photo: carnagenyc

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Bowery

A Banksy piece on Manhattan's Bowery on October 25th-27th. Just in time for Halloween, Banksy installed this sophisticated bumper car riding Grim Reaper in what was formerly Billy's Antiques and Props. 

Photo: carnagenyc

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Queens

A 1/36th scale replica of the great Sphinx of Giza made from smashed cinderblocks that appeared on October 22nd in Queens. Visitors are advised not to drink the replica Arab spring water.

Photo: carnagenyc

Courtesy of carnagenyc on Flickr

Upper West Side

"Hammer boy," on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, was put up on October 20th. A man tried to spray paint over the piece, but the crowd stopped him before he could do any damage.

Photo: carnagenyc

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West 24th Street

Banksy collaborated with Os Gemeos to create this temporary exhibition space open from October 18th through October 20th. The accompanying text read, "Are you the sort of person who enjoys going to art galleries, but wished they had more gravel in them? Then this temporary exhibition space is for you."

Photo: carnagenyc

Courtesy of carnagenyc on Flickr

Williamsburg

A Banksy piece in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on October 17th, depicting two silhouetted Geisha girls standing on a bridge. A tagger attempted to deface the piece but was stopped by the angry crowd. The building's owner has since put up plexiglass and a rolling metal gate. 

Photo: carnagenyc

Courtesy of the cardinal de la ville on Flickr

South Bronx

A fibreglass replica of Ronald McDonald having his shoes shined by a real live boy appeared on Ocotober 16th in the South Bronx.

Courtesy of carnagenyc on Flickr

Queens

"Some people criticize me for using sources that are a bit low brow (this quote is from Gladiator) but you know what? 'I'm just going to use that hostility to make me stronger, not weaker' as Kelly Rowland said on the X Factor." A Banksy piece in Queens on October 14th.

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Central Park

"Yesterday I set up a stall in the park selling 100 percent authentic original signed Banksy canvases." While Banksy's work typically goes for six figures in auction houses, theses pieces were being sold for $60 on October 13th, 2013.

Photo: Banksy.co.uk

Courtesy of carnagenyc on Flickr

Lower East Side

For this political piece, seen in Manhattan's Lower East Side on October 9th, Banksy painted soldiers on an old black car beneath three bucking horses wearing night vision goggles. A barrel to the left of the vehicle had a phone number on it that connected to the audio from a 39-minute video, released by WikiLeaks in 2010, of a Baghdad airstrike that left up to 18 dead. 

Photo: carnagenyc

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Brooklyn

A bandaged heart by Banksy in Brooklyn on October 7th, 2013. This piece had an accompanying audio guide that declared the helium balloon to be an obvious "iconic representation of the battle to survive a broken heart."

Photo: Banksy.co.uk

Courtesy of carnagenyc on Flickr

Lower East Side

"Random graffiti given a Broadway makeover (an ongoing series)." Banksy in Brooklyn on October 4th, 2013.

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Manhattan

"The Street Is in Play": A Banksy piece in Manhattan on October 1st. The piece was the first installment of his month long residency in New York titled "Better Out Than In." Banksy pieces are sometimes accompanied by number linking to an audio guide, which spectators can call to hear ironic commentary of the work. 

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