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Banksy in NYC

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At the beginning of October, the famous street artist known as Banksy announced an upcoming "residency" on the streets of New York City, titled "Better Out Than In". Nearly every day this month, Banksy's website announced the appearance of a new piece somewhere in New York's five boroughs. New Yorkers flocked to catch a glimpse of stencils, tags, sculptures, and moving works of art before they disappeared, or were defaced or painted over. [23 photos]

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A man holds up a local newspaper in front of a new art piece by British graffiti artist Banksy in the Brooklyn borough of New York, on October 17, 2013. Banksy has caught the attention of New York mayor Michael Bloomberg saying that graffiti ruins property. "It's a sign of decay and loss of control". (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
A man holds up a local newspaper in front of a new art piece by British graffiti artist Banksy in the Brooklyn borough of New York, on October 17, 2013. Banksy has caught the attention of New York mayor Michael Bloomberg saying that graffiti ruins property. "It's a sign of decay and loss of control". (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
A woman takes a picture of an artwork by British graffiti artist Banksy in Lower Manhattan in New York City, on October 15, 2013. Art collectors and tourists in New York got a bargain during the weekend when British graffiti artist Banksy, whose work is expected to fetch upwards of $150,000 at an auction later this year, sold paintings at a pop-up stall in Central Park for $60. (Reuters/Eduardo Munoz) #
People pose to have their pictures taken in front of Banksy's latest work depicting the New York City skyline with the former World Trade Center Twin Towers in Tribeca, on October 15, 2013. (Daniel Pierce Wright/Getty Images) #
A rock formation by Banksy, in Queens, New York, on October 22, 2013. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton) #
Men secure a rock formation created by Banksy, using police tape in Queens, on October 22, 2013. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton) #
A woman takes a picture of a defaced bit of graffiti by elusive British artist Banksy, as part of his month-long Better Out Than In exhibit, in New York, on October 3, 2013. The original piece read "This is my New York Accent ...normally I write like this." (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images) #
A security guard stands beside a new installation by the artist Banksy in New York, on October 18, 2013. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri) #
People photograph a new installation by Banksy in New York, on October 18, 2013. The artwork was displayed in a space donated by the owner. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri) #
A closer view of and installation by Banksy, in New York, on October 18, 2013. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri) #
A work by Banksy, part of his month-long "Better Out Than In" exhibit in New York City, on October 3, 2013. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images) #
Dancers walk next to a new installation of art by Banksy, painted on the front door of the Hustler Club in New York, on October 24, 2013. (Reuters/Eric Thayer) #
People crowd around a chain link fence to take photos of a Grim Reaper figure riding a bumper car, the newest art installation by British artist Banksy in New York, on October 25, 2013. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri) #
A Grim Reaper figure, riding a bumper car, the newest art installation by Banksy in New York, on October 25, 2013. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri) #
Benjamin Butler, 7 months old, is photographed by his mother as he sits in his baby seat next to the newest art installation of a robot and a barcode by Banksy, on a wall in Coney Island, on October 28, 2013. (Reuters/Brendan McDermid) #
A work from street artist Banksy, viewed through a chain link fence on October 9, 2013 in the Lower East Side of New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images) #
A police officer takes a photo of a new installation by Banksy in New York, on October 20, 2013. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri) #
People crowd around a woman posing for a photo with a new installation of Banksy's art, in New York, on October 20, 2013. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri) #
Children pose for their parents with a work by Banksy, in New York, on October 20, 2013. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri) #
A man guards a work by street artist Banksy in the Bronx, on October 21, 2013. (Reuters/Eric Thayer) #
A closer view of Banksy's Bronx installation, on October 21, 2013. (Reuters/Eric Thayer) #
Banksy gives existing graffiti a "Broadway Makeover", in the Lower East Side, on October 4, 2013 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images) #
Feliciano Perez guards work by British artist Banksy in Brooklyn, on October 19, 2013. The building owner hired security guards and installed a metal gate to protect the artwork. Cara Tabachnick, whose family owns the building, said the goal is to preserve the artwork "so it can be viewed and enjoyed." Most of the Banksy works that have gone up have been tagged over by others, and some have been completely erased. (AP Photo/Alyssa Goodman) #
A child poses under an art piece by British artist Banksy in Brooklyn, on October 17, 2013. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri) #

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