Images Of The Week: 10.13.13


Welcome! Now Go Home! That’s what Tony Carapachio at the corner deli used to say about all the foreigners moving into the neighborhood. Sounds like a lot of the comments being directed at Banksy by locals, although their voices are primarily drowned out by clicking iPhones.

The pie is big enough for everybody, and in a city where 176 languages are spoken by kids in our schools, we can probably handle new voices on the street. Our Banksy-related favorite development this week was the small pack of entrepreneurs who were selling access to his stencil on a wall in East New Yawk for $20 a pop. Nice! They’re not the first or the last who will endeavor to profit from his work.

Also this week came the definitive news that 5 Ptz in Queens will be razed in favor of a new condo development. It is privately owned and has transformed into a graffiti holy place over the last decade and a half, and while you could see the final outcome being something like this, many had held out hope that it would be preserved or saved by a rich Robin Hood sort of character – like Jay Z or even Banksy.

Tweet from @ajayjapan 11 Oct “I wish Banksy would save 5 Pointz while he’s in town. #banksytotherescue

and @xblaze23 11 Oct “It would be dope if Banksy did something at 5 Pointz considering the end is near. #banksyny

You may remember our photo essay from earlier in the summer about 5 Ptz.  The good news is that they say the new space will set aside 10,000 square feet for graffiti.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Case MaClaim, Christian Nagel, Dase, Dasic, Effy, El Sol 25, Ever, Seed, Tristan Eaton, Zed1.

Top image > Seed. 5ptz, Queens, NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Zed1. Welling Court, Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Zed1. Welling Court, Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Christian Nagel. 5ptz, Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Effy. 5ptz, Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


El Sol 25. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dase. 5ptz, Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


EVER (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Tristan Eaton for L.I.S.A. Little Italy, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Dasic and friends at 5ptz, Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. Manhattan, NY 2013. (photo © Jaime Rojo)



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