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These Men Are Now Charging People to Look at Banksy's Latest Stencil

The author regards them as heroes. What do you think?

A group of men has begun charging $5 apiece for photos of the new Banksy piece in East New York today, according to the Instagram account streetartjamz. This development is the most compelling thing about Banksy's latest work, which before had just been a stencil painting of a beaver gnawing on a felled parking sign.

These men, heroes that they are, have elevated the original work, turning it into a performance piece about the commodification and hipster-fication of people's homes. If you're going to treat a neighborhood like an art museum, why shouldn't the residents of that neighborhood charge admission like an art museum, particularly when many New Yorkers would never come to that patch of the city but to take a picture of a stencil painting of a beaver?

Update: A woman who works in East New York went to survey the scene above and gave a report to Gothamist. She says the men are charging $20, not $5.

They have been guarding it for a while drinking heavily, so who knows. They are pretty angry about how many white people are coming here. Side note, I have some cred here because I work close to that spot. The general feeling is that nobody cares about this neighborhood and now that they have something of value they should benefit. Omar's name came up several times and they are not going to allow anyone to deface it. They didn't charge me because one guy has seen me around. They reported that several yellow cabs have pulled up with people wanting to get a look. They are firm about the $20 fee and tried to warn me when I left about the crews from the area projects robbing people who look like they don't belong. They wouldn't let me take a picture, but were happy to let me take a nice long look while blocking some others who had not paid.

by Anonymousreply 910/13/2013


by Anonymousreply 110/10/2013

Bored people with too much money problems.

by Anonymousreply 210/10/2013

I actually agree with the people who live in this neighborhood. It's a wasteland of a ghetto and most of the time no one cares about it. Now, suddenly all of these asshole hipsters are flooding into the place like it's a zoo.

Charge 'em, I say. In fact, $20 is too cheap. Make it $40. Then mug them for another $40.

by Anonymousreply 310/10/2013

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by Anonymousreply 410/10/2013

What's a Banksy?

by Anonymousreply 510/10/2013

Charge people for viewing what is meant to be public art that you had nothing to do with?

Of course people from outside the neighborhood don't normally come there. Why would they? That doesn't give these guys the right to appropriate someone else's work.

by Anonymousreply 610/11/2013

Huh. It would take a lot more than a Banksy to get me to set foot in East New York. My family worked very hard to get out of there, we ain't going back.

by Anonymousreply 710/11/2013

Banksy sells original paintings worth £20,000 for £38 each in New York stunt

by Anonymousreply 810/13/2013

Banksy is so 2009!

by Anonymousreply 910/13/2013
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