Banksy’s New York Residency, “Better out than in”, 2013

Throughout the bustling streets of New York City, Banksy’s “Better Out Than In” has been taking the city by storm. For a month-long period from October 1st to 31st, Banksy has been brightening up the city with his public intervention, which is a delightful combination of scavenger hunt and performance.

Every day, a new piece of art appears, keeping the locals and visitors alike on the edge of their seats, eagerly anticipating the next surprise. From graffiti to sculptures, Banksy’s unique style and messages are spreading throughout the city throughout the month of October, keeping the New Yorkers on their toes.


Banksy‘s first piece, “The Street is in Play”, debuted on Tuesday, October 1st, in the heart of bustling Manhattan’s Chinatown. The artwork was located on Allen Street, between Hester and Canal, and featured Banksy’s signature stencil style, with a message that read, “Graffiti is a crime.” The piece was a commentary on the controversial nature of street art and the legal issues that often arise from it. This was just the beginning of a month-long intervention that would continue to captivate the city and spark discussions about art and public spaces.


On October 2nd, Banksy’s “This is My New York Accent” appeared in the Chelsea area of Manhattan. The piece was located on West 25th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, and was a playful reference to the New York City graffiti style. However, “This is my New York accent!” was not immune to the city’s graffiti culture, and other artists quickly tagged it.


On October 3rd, Banksy unveiled his third piece in New York City on 6th Avenue. The artwork was a playful take on the ubiquitous fire hydrants found throughout the city, featuring a stencil of a dog urinating on one. The imagery was a humorous commentary on the everyday objects that go unnoticed in the urban landscape.


Banksy’s creative genius was again on display in his Broadway makeover series. The first piece, “Occupy! The Musical,” was located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and transformed a regular piece of graffiti into a musical performance. Banksy’s next piece in the series, “Dirty Underwear The Musical,” appeared in Williamsburg on day four and continued the trend of turning mundane tags into musical performances. The final piece in the series, “Playground Mob The Musical,” appeared on Delancey Street. Banksy’s Broadway Makeover series was a playful take on turning tags into a Broadway musical.


As part of his residency in New York City, Banksy unveiled a unique piece called “Mobile Waterfall.” The artwork involved converting an old delivery truck into a mobile garden with a waterfall, butterflies, and trees. The truck toured the city throughout Banksy’s residency, delighting onlookers with its magical and whimsical design. The piece departed from Banksy’s tagging the days before but retained his signature humour. “Mobile Waterfall” was a refreshing and unexpected addition to Banksy’s residency, showcasing his ability to push boundaries and explore new forms of artistic expression.


In a departure from his usual social media presence, Banksy surprised fans by uploading a video titled “Rebel Rocket Attack” to his YouTube channel. The video initially appears to depict armed rebels firing at enemy aircraft, but the object that falls from the sky is revealed to be none other than the beloved Disney character Dumbo.

The video was a playful commentary on the absurdity of war and the destructive nature of conflict. While Banksy is known for his street art work, his video “Rebel Rocket Attack” demonstrates his ability to captivate audiences through different mediums and continues to push the boundaries of artistic expression.


Banksy’s “Battle to Survive a Broken Heart” piece was a poignant addition to his residency in New York City. The piece featured a floating heart balloon covered in plasters and was located between King Street and Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Unfortunately, the piece was not immune to the vandalism, and a rival street artist tagged over it.


Banksy has recently unveiled a new artwork in Greenpoint that has caught the attention of many. The artwork features a blue door on which a fake quote by Plato has been painted. The quote is a humorous take on the philosopher’s words and reads,

“I have a theory that you can make any sentence seem profound by writing the name of a dead philosopher at the end of it – Plato.”

The piece is a playful commentary on the nature of knowledge and wisdom, and it challenges us to question our assumptions about what we consider to be profound. Banksy’s use of Plato’s name is a tongue-in-cheek reference to how we often use philosophers’ names to lend credibility.


A new artwork by Banksy has been discovered in the Lower East Side. The mural, titled “Night Vision Horses”, features horses wearing night vision goggles and Greek gods and horses in the mix. The artwork was painted onto a car and truck on Ludlow Street.

DAY 10

The exciting new artwork by Banksy has been spotted in East New York. The piece features a beaver that appears to be nibbling on a street sign that reads “No Parking Anytime”. The artwork is so well done that it looks as if the beaver has indeed timbered the sign with its powerful teeth.

The piece is a striking commentary on the complicated relationship between humans and nature. By choosing a beaver to be the subject of the artwork, Banksy highlights the beaver’s role as an ecosystem engineer and the importance of preserving natural habitats.

The fact that the beaver is nibbling on a “No Parking Anytime” sign is also symbolic, as it suggests that our constant need for space and resources is encroaching on natural habitats and endangering the lives of animals.

DAY 11

Banksy’s “The Sirens of the Lambs” art installation has been making its way around the city on a moving truck for the past two weeks, and it is an experience not to be missed. The truck, which started its journey from the Meatpacking District, is filled with a vast array of stuffed animals, all huddled together tightly in a poignant scene.

The animals, including pigs, chickens, cows, and more, are carefully arranged to draw attention to the inhumane way we treat animals in the meat industry. As the truck tours the city, a haunting soundtrack of squealing and crying animals plays through the speakers, making the experience all the more impactful. It feels as if the animals are crying out for help, and it’s a sobering reminder of the suffering that animals endure.

DAY 12

A new artwork by Banksy has surfaced on East 7th Street and Cooper Square. The piece “Concrete Confessional” has been painted on the wall in that area.

DAY 13

Banksy created quite a stir recently when he set up a stall in Central Park, offering original signed canvases for just $60 each (£37). The artwork on sale was an incredible bargain, given that Banksy’s work can fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction. However, the surprising part was that much of the artwork went unsold, with only three people making purchases at the stall.

What’s even more interesting is that the buyers reportedly had no idea about the extensive value of the pieces when they made their purchases! This raises questions about the true value of art and the way we assign value to certain pieces. It also highlights the idea that art should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial means.

Banksy’s Central Park stall was a fascinating experiment that challenged our understanding of the value of art and how we perceive it. It’s a reminder that sometimes, the true value of art lies not in its price tag but in how it makes us feel and its impact on our lives.

Day 14

There’s been a recent discovery of a Banksy artwork titled ‘What We Do in Life Echoes in Eternity’ in Queens, located on 68th Street and 38th Avenue. However, there’s a catch – the piece is reportedly being washed away by a cleaner.

Some speculate that this may have been a witty response by Banksy to all of his previous works being defaced since the start of the show. It’s a poignant commentary on the fleeting nature of art and the way it can be easily erased or destroyed.

The title of the artwork itself is a reminder that our actions in life have lasting consequences that echo into eternity.

DAY 15

Banksy recently created a tribute to the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers with a powerful piece of artwork located in Tribeca. The artwork features a red flower that is said to represent the explosion that occurred during the attack. The piece is a poignant tribute to the victims of the tragedy and a reminder of the lasting impact it had on the world.

Banksy’s use of a red flower to symbolise the explosion is a powerful and evocative choice, and it highlights the destructive nature of the attack. The artwork is a solemn reminder of the importance of remembering and honoring those who lost their lives on that tragic day.

Banksy’s tribute to the 9/11 attacks is a moving and poignant piece of art that honours the memory of the victims and reminds us of the impact of that tragic event.

DAY 16

Banksy’s latest artwork is a striking and thought-provoking piece that depicts a fibreglass Ronald McDonald getting his shoes shined by a poor boy with holes in his clothes. The piece was first discovered in the South Bronx and has been making headlines ever since.

What’s particularly interesting about the artwork is that it has been spotted outside a different McDonald’s restaurant every lunchtime for over a week. This has sparked a debate about the message behind the piece and the intended target of Banksy’s critique.

Some see the piece as a commentary on the exploitation of the poor by corporations, while others interpret it as a critique of the fast food industry and its impact on society. Regardless of the interpretation, the artwork is a powerful reminder of the way art can challenge our assumptions and inspire meaningful conversations.


As reported on the front page of The New York Post, the New York Police Department is actively searching for Banksy and intends to charge him with vandalism. In addition, the report states that any of his artworks found on public property will be removed.

The move by the NYPD has sparked debate among art enthusiasts, with some arguing that Banksy’s work should be protected as a form of free expression. Others believe that his work should be subject to the same laws as any other form of graffiti or vandalism. Regardless of the debate, the NYPD’s actions highlight the controversial nature of Banksy’s work and the impact it has had on the art world. NYPD’s search for Banksy is a reminder of the complex relationship between art and law enforcement

“I don’t believe what I read in the papers”. Banksy

DAY 17

There is a new Banksy artwork that has appeared in Bed-Study. The piece features two women dressed in Japanese clothing and standing on a bridge with a Bonsai tree. The artwork has been created using the details of the surrounding architecture.

DAY 18

Banksy’s latest outdoor exhibition is currently on display on ‘gallery row’ in Chelsea, New York City. The exhibition features two collaborative pieces with renowned Brazilian twin artists Os Gemêos.

DAY 19

Banksy recently posted a cryptic and provocative video on YouTube. The video shows ants moving in and out of a hole, which is revealed to be a painted part of a woman’s body.

DAY 20

A Banksy artwork titled “Hammer Boy” was discovered on 79th Street, just east of Broadway on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The piece features a child hitting the fire warning with a hammer, reminiscent of the high striker game commonly found at fairs. The artwork cleverly incorporates the surroundings in its design.

DAY 21

Located at 153 Street and Elton Avenue, a Banksy artwork depicts a schoolboy spray-painting a message on a wall with the help of his butler, who serves spray cans on a silver platter. The little boy writing the message reads, “GHETTO 4 LiFE”.

DAY 22

Banksy’s latest installation, titled ‘Everything but the Kitchen Sphinx’, features a sculpture of the Great Sphinx of Giza. According to the artist, the sculpture is a 1/36 scale replica made entirely from smashed cinderblocks.

DAY 23

Following several reports suggesting that the New York Police Department was seeking to charge Banksy with vandalism for his Better Out Than In residency, a notice was posted…

DAY 24

Banksy recently posted an artwork on the rolling metal grille of the Hustler Club on the West Side Highway. The piece features a young man waiting outside Hell’s Kitchen with a limp bunch of red flowers. The caption reads, “Waiting in Vain…at the door of the club”.

DAY 25

Banksy recently announced on his website that he would post a new piece at 5 pm, which was later delayed to 6 pm. The artwork is located on Elizabeth and Houston Street in the former location of Billy’s Antiques. The interactive work features the famous Grim Reaper riding in a bumper car.

DAY 26

In the Sunset Park neighbourhood of Brooklyn, Banksy’s van was found graffitied with the message ‘The grumpier you are, the more assholes you meet’. So stay happy!!

DAY 27

After The New York Times refused to print his piece, Banksy published it on his own website.

DAY 28

A new Banksy artwork has recently surfaced in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, featuring a powerful message that reads, “This site contains blocked messages.” The message is believed to be a reference to the newspaper’s refusal to publish the artist’s work.

The artwork is a poignant commentary on the way the mainstream media often ignores or censors voices that challenge the status quo. Banksy’s use of the message is a powerful and evocative choice, and it highlights the importance of free expression and the need to challenge authority.

Banksy’s latest artwork in Greenpoint is a powerful and thought-provoking piece that challenges our understanding of the role of the media in shaping public opinion.

DAY 28

Banksy’s latest artwork, featuring a spray painting robot tagging a barcode, has been discovered in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

DAY 29

Banksy recently vandalized a painting from a Housing Works store by adding a Nazi officer to a landscape painting. However, the artist later returned the stolen painting, now entitled “The banality of the banality of evil”, to the thrift store where it was originally displayed on 23rd Street. Housing Works then prepared it for auction, where it sold for an impressive $615,000.

DAY 30

Banksy’s second-to-last artwork was discovered across the street from the Yankee Stadium, at Macombs Dam Bridge and Jerome Avenue. The artwork “Bronx Zoo (at Yankee Stadium)” on Banksy’s website features a leopard stencil. The patternings on the leopard include messages such as a peace sign, NY, and a shoutout to street artist Cope.

DAY 31

On the last day of his residency in NYC, Banksy created a new artwork in Queens. The piece features his name in inflatable bubble letters and graffiti bubble writing that he calls “Inflatable Throw-Up”. The artwork was accompanied by an audio guide, which featured the artist’s thoughts on the residency in NYC.

 “And that’s it, Thanks for your patience. It’s been fun. Save 5pointz. Bye.” Banksy

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