Banksy on Ludlow Street: The View From Above

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Photographer Tim Schreier is just back with some nice images from Ludlow Street, where the latest Banksy got noticed a few hours ago. It’s quite a scene on the stretch between Stanton and Rivington streets; a blue tarp was lifted today to reveal the British street artist’s newest work.  The crowd grew during the time we were there. Guys with cameras were climbing over the fence to get the best shots.  Hip hop mogul Damon Dash, who has a gallery and work space a few blocks away on Ludlow, stopped by for a short time. Channel 2 was on the scene interviewing onlookers. And, of course, LES documentarian Clayton Patterson was there to check out the scene.

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18 comments to Banksy on Ludlow Street: The View From Above

  • Rreality

    Sorry, I am all for art but this does not really have to happen in Hell Square. It is contributing to turning the area in to the entertainment zone actual residents do not want. Why should any specific artist get to use your neighborhood any time they want to as a way to pump up their own reputation and get endless free publicity? It isn’t like he lives here like Chico and a number of the other graffiti artists who contribute meaningful and/or practical images to the area. This artist is just increasing his market value by exploiting the neighborhood for his own ends, like any developer or faux dive bar owner.

  • Marc

    What are you talking about? Go Google some of Banksy’s other work. It is an honor to have his art in my neighborhood.

  • betribal

    Right…maybe he can sell the walls for lots of money, like those developers…!

  • Nathan Sensé Uhlir

    If you hold true to being a graffiti artist, then you should know that the art of “getting up” is just as much a part of the process as the actual end product that you actually see. There have been artists crossing area codes, zip codes, timelines, hemispheres and cultural boundaries to expand the art form for years.

  • Rreality

    Gratuitous tagging is simple pollution. The taggers may be impressing themselves but that is an adolescent motive. Contributing art that has a practical purpose makes sense. Polluting the environment doesn’t.

  • Rreality

    No. I’m not going to google his ‘work’. No one owns this neighborhood so it is not yours or any other individual’s. I am sure the graffiti guy is happy about how you feel. But one individual’s self indulgence is exactly the thing that contributes to making Hell Square.

  • Marc

    Your not going to even look him up? Wow shows how close minded you are… and this is my neighborhood. Born and raised… father born and raised… his father born and raised… from hells kitchen to hell square if you dont like it then move out.

  • Marc

    Your not going to even look him up? Wow shows how close minded you are… and this is my neighborhood. Born and raised… father born and raised… his father born and raised… from hells kitchen to hell square if you dont like it then move out.

  • UpstateNewYorker

    I’m sorry, but I’m of the firm belief that if you choose to live in Manhattan, you have absolutely no right to complain about tourists being in your neighborhood. Banksy is a world-famous artist and people are coming to see his work, for free, without having to pay a ridiculous admission price at a museum. What a tragedy, indeed.

  • UpstateNewYorker

    I’m sorry, but I’m of the firm belief that if you choose to live in Manhattan, you have absolutely no right to complain about tourists being in your neighborhood. Banksy is a world-famous artist and people are coming to see his work, for free, without having to pay a ridiculous admission price at a museum. What a tragedy, indeed.

  • wuzups

    gtfo right now if you can’t appreciate Banksy. Sorry to say I don’t give a shit about your neighborhood in relation to his art because it’s much bigger than that

  • wuzups

    gtfo right now if you can’t appreciate Banksy. Sorry to say I don’t give a shit about your neighborhood in relation to his art because it’s much bigger than that

  • Sue Frumin

    Well I hope no-one nicks them like they did to the ones in Haringey!

  • Franklinstein

    or maybe it shows how easily led by the nose you are, that you get upset and hurl insults because someone else isn’t googling your favorite graffiti ‘artist’. get a life. then an education. Im not alone when I say i know fifty graphic design majors who can do the same thing and find more productive ways to spend their time. this is only profound if you live in a cave. or if you’re an pathetic hipster following every emptyheaded trend.

  • Franklinstein

    agreed.

  • Franklinstein

    oh, ok, since you say so. anyone who doesn’t “appreciate” this vandal pumping himself up should “gtfo”. right away, right away…

  • Marc

    You know fifty graphic design majors?? And you are calling me a hipster?
    Btw… i pulled up some photos for you because you are too ignorant and stubborn to look for yourself. http://www.streetartutopia.com/?p=720
    And why don’t any of you people use your real names…, I would love to debate over a double mocha soy almond milk latte from that coffee shop nobody knows about one day.
    – Hipster Marc

  • Julian

    “You know fifty graphic design majors?? And you are calling me a hipster?”
    Marc wins!!!