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Legendary British street artist known only by his alias “Banksy” made New York City his home for the month of October. In a series he called “Better Out Than In: An Artists Residency on the Streets of New York”, Banksy unveiled one new piece of art per day, everyday for one month via BanksyNY.com. Generally, each post to the site consisted of a photograph or two of the day’s artwork accompanied by a vague description of where one might find the piece (i.e., Lower East Side).

Frenzied followers and fans of the artist would take to the streets in search of the outdoor art in order to catch a glimpse before haters and competitive graffiti artists had a chance to seek and destroy. Some pieces lasted merely hours before being sprayed over and effectively ruined. In addition to his traditional stenciled spray paintings on buildings, Banksy employed sculpture, installation, and traveling vehicles, even opening a public outdoor art gallery fully fitted with security guards and complimentary refreshments.

As Banksy art went up and down around the neighborhood, we had the chance to get in on the action. Here is a chronological photo recap of Banksy’s NYC residency:

 The Street Is In Play by Banksy - Manhattan New YorkOctober 1: Banksy kicks off his month long residency in New York with his signature incorporation of found objects.

New York Accent by Banksy - Westside New YorkOctober 2: Classic cheeky humor in Chelsea, New York.

You Complete Me by Banksy - Chelsea New YorkOctober 3: You complete me… Destroyed within hours of completion.

Occupy! The Musical by Banksy - Bushwick BrooklynOctober 4: One of three pieces in which Banksy modified existing graffiti by adding “The Musical”.

Mobile Garden by Banksy - New YorkOctober 5: Banksy sends a mobile garden through the city for the entire month of October.

Band Aid Heart Balloon by Banksy - Brooklyn New YorkOctober 7: A balloon let loose in Brooklyn, NY.

Plato by Banksy - Greenpoint BrooklynOctober 8: More cheeky humor á la Banksy in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Crazy Horse by Banksy - Lower East Side New YorkOctober 9: A crowd gathers to catch a glimpse of the largest scale piece yet in an abandoned lot in the Lower East Side.

Beaver by Banksy - East New YorkOctober 10: When discovered, residents of the neighborhood covered and began charging onlookers for a photo of this beaver gnawing on a parking sign in East Brooklyn.

Sirens Of The Lambs by Banksy - New YorkOctober 11: A traveling slaughterhouse truck and the tracker a fan put on it (Banksy took it off and put it on a car service vehicle in Queens).

Concrete Confessional by Banksy - Manhattan New YorkOctober 12: A concrete confessional booth.


October 13: Shot the previous day, this video posted on his site shows genuine Banksy art (worth hundreds of thousands of dollars) with a modest price tag of $60 per piece being ignored in Central Park.

Echoes In Eternity by Banksy - Queens New YorkOctober 14: Quote from BanksyNY.com, “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.”

Twin Towers by Banksy - TriBeCa New YorkOctober 15: This tribute to the World Trade Center was found in TriBeCa.

Geishas by Banksy - Williamsburg BrooklynOctober 17: Geishas on a bridge in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Pop Up Gallery by Banksy - Chelsea New YorkOctober 18: This pop-up gallery under the Highline in Chelsea, NY was open all weekend from 11AM-Midnight.

Carnival Game by Banksy - Upper West Side New YorkOctober 20: Found art at its finest. This piece was featured in the Sunday Funnies.

Ghetto 4 Life by Banksy - South Bronx New YorkOctober 21: An ironic image in South Bronx, New York.

Sphinx by Banksy - Queens New YorkOctober 22: The Great Sphinx of Giza recreated using concrete rubble in Queens, New York.

NYPD Hunts Banksy in New YorkOctober 23: Cancelled! NYPD turns up the heat.

Waiting In Vain by Banksy - Hell's Kitchen New YorkOctober 24: Club owners post security to protect what was sprayed on their door.


October 25: A pop-up disco in an empty lot in NoHo features a Grim Reaper riding a bumper car to the tune of Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper”.

This Site Contains Blocked Messages by Banksy - Greenpoint BrooklynOctober 27: Another text piece in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Robot by Banksy - Coney Island New YorkOctober 28: Banksy’s first footprint in Coney Island.

Leopard by Banksy - Yankee Stadium New YorkOctober 30: A leopard lounges across the street from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Inflatable Banksy Tag - Queens New YorkOctober 31: Banksy’s last hurrah, an inflatable tag commemorating the bubble-style graffiti lettering born in NYC, was taken down by thieves just hours after unveiled. The thieves were immediately arrested.

Food for thought: Father of modern art Paul Cézanne said, “All pictures painted inside, in the studio, will never be as good as those done outside.” What do you think? Art or vandalism? Outstanding or over-hyped? Let us know in the comment section below.