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Remember that heady time about a year ago when a scrappy young street artist named Bansky held a city captive with his whimsical work? Sure you do! It was pretty much all anyone could talk about while the surprise street art was popping up all over New York—from Staten Island to Red Hook to the Upper West Side—as part of a "residency" in which Banksy left behind dozens of works of graffiti and sculpture...
Whether or not you're a graffitist, street artist, noxious fume enthusiast, "building beautifier" or whatever you want to call it, we think it's handy to have a healthy grasp on how not to get caught by the cops when what you're doing isn't really that bad. This is not only beneficial for you, obviously, but as we all know: "there is plenty of real crime vying for the NYPD’s attention." Because someone had to, Animal...
The worst part about cars is the aesthetics of their necessary infrastructure, and no bit of automobile architecture is uglier than the highway. In Brooklyn, we've got a hideous doozy: the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, a brutish elevation connecting boroughs. Thankfully, Brooklyn residents have for decades tried to brighten this blight with art, above and below, so that both those unfortunate enough to drive over it and those more unfortunate to pass beneath it can have...
A sure sign that we've hit peak branding/integrated marketing/activation/whatever it is people are calling these things: a user posted an outraged missive on the Brooklyn reddit today about a Williamsburg Buff Monster mural that's been covered up, writing, "I walked by this mural every single day on N. 12th and Berry and now it's an ad. I can't believe the owners did this." Which is legit enough—it was a cool-looking mural!—except for the fact,...