Banksy, the British street artist and prankster, is on the loose in New York City. But what do you make of it when this international phenomenon lands in your average Queens neighborhood?
Banksy has spent the last week around the city posting stencil prints with bold messages — his once unique, now ubiquitous style. This morning, Gothamist reported that the artist’s latest work appeared in Woodside, just blocks from my apartment.
So after work, I got off the subway a stop early and strolled over to see his latest opus. There wasno crowd of toughs demanding money, no jealous graffiti hastily sprayed over it — just a thick but polite gaggle spilling into the dead-end street, staring at a quote from the movie “Gladiator” on the back of the most common of common buildings.