|Banksy’s “Hammer Boy” at 79th and Broadway|
You probably remember all the fuss over Banksy and the impression the artist and his street art left on New York City last fall. The UK-based street painter spread his controversial work around NYC for 31 days, and no one knew where he would strike next, which was part of the intrigue. He kept New Yorkers guessing, watching and talking, and the media following his every tag.
For me, Banksy struck close to home. One of his famed creations –– “Hammer Boy”–– is a mere ten-minute walk from my apartment. The next time you find yourself on the Upper West Side, go to 79th and Broadway and turn the northeast corner toward Amsterdam Avenue. You’ll find the boy with a hammer on a desolate wall belonging to DSW Warehouse, the shoe emporium. A supporter of Banksy’s work, Saul Zabar –– owner of nearby Zabar’s as well as the DSW building –– installed the plexiglass cover to protect “Hammer Boy” from vandals. Zabar has publicly expressed his acceptance of Banksy’s work as “art.”
|Zabar added plexiglass to protect “Hammer Boy.”|
The jury is out whether his work is considered art or vandalism, and opinions run the gamut. (Most of his New York pieces were tagged over or removed.) For locals who find street art thought-provoking, and travelers who have a desire to take their own Bansky tour, the below infographic provides details on the artist and a selection of graffiti locations in the city. Although many of these works were removed or defaced, it’s interesting to see the places he chose.
Thanks to our friends at Cheapflights.com for creating this, as well as the sources mentioned at the bottom of the image. For a complete list of Banksy’s work in New York with a map and images, visit Untapped Cities.