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The Village Voice's Exclusive Banksy Interview

Banky's "Better Out Than In" residency in New York City in October 2013 has the city buzzing, looking for where his art might next turn up around the five boroughs. Each day the anonymous, British graffiti artist posts a photo of that day's work with a rough location of his spray-painted street art. Banksy gave the Voice an exclusive interview, telling his publicist that he promised the exclusive because he "feels an affinity with people who provide quality content for free on street corners." Here's a growing index of Banky's time and exploits in NYC, as covered by The Village Voice.

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  1. An Interview With Banksy, Street Art Cult Hero, International Man of Mystery
    Exclusive Interview
    Brooks promised the Voice an exclusive interview with Banksy, who "feels an affinity with people who provide quality content for free on street corners."
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  2. A Visual Guide to Banksy's New York Residency
    Slideshow
    In early October, elusive street artist/provocateur Banksy announced a month-long "residency" in New York. What does this mean? As the days go by and artworks are slowly revealed on the streets of New York, we are starting to get an idea.
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  3. Here's a Map of Banksy's Work in NYC
    Interactive Map
    Here is a guide to the location of each work, along with a photo and a link to accompanying information. Most of these works have been destroyed or removed, but feel free to go and find out for yourself.
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  4. Banksy of New York
    Feature
    Local street artists assess the iconic Brit's Empire State of mind.
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  5. Banksy Finishes His NYC Residency With Bubble Letter Balloons in Long Island City (And a Plea to Save 5Pointz)
    Blog Post
    Banksy sends us off with one last tag, a bubble caps collection of balloons somewhere in Queens.
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  6. Banksy's Graffiti Leopard at Yankee Stadium
    Blog Post
    The artist's penultimate showing in "Better Out Than In" is a gorgeous leopard stencil at Yankee Stadium.
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  7. Banksy's Latest Is a Nazi Officer Taking in the View in Gramercy (And It's Up for Auction)
    Blog Post
    Banksy's latest, "The banality of the banality of evil, Oil on oil on canvas, 2013" is "a thrift store painting vandalized then re-donated to the thrift store."
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  8. Banksy's Newest Piece In Greenpoint Is A Response To Rejected Times Op-Ed
    Blog Post
    Today's entry in the ongoing Better Out Than In "residency" is a simple stencil reading "This site contains blocked messages," a response to the censorship the artist feels he has suffered at the hands of one venerable New York publication.
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  9. Banksy's Latest Is a Graffiti Robot on Coney Island
    Blog Post
    Today's piece is out on Coney Island: a robot standing next to a barcode.
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  10. This Morning's Banksy Asks Who the Asshole Is Here, Really
    Blog Post
    The newest piece is on the back of a truck in Sunset Park. "The grumpier you are, the more assholes you meet," it proclaims. On his website, Banksy suggests this as an "alternative New York bumper slogan."
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  11. Banksy's New Piece Is a Bumper Car-Riding Reaper on the Bowery
    Blog Post
    It's a not-so-Grim Reaper riding a bumper car to the sweet sounds of Blue -yster Cult's 1976 hit "(Don't Fear) the Reaper," and it's located at Houston and Elizabeth.
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  12. Banksy Stencils the Door Shutters of Larry Flynt's Hustler Club
    Blog Post
    Today's Banksy is in Hell's Kitchen, slapped on the door shutters of a strip club.
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  13. Banksy Doesn't Update Today Because of "Police Activity"
    Blog Post
    So this is a first: Banksy announced on his Instagram that there will be no stencil today.
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  14. Today's Banksy Is a Sphinx Made of Rocks in Queens
    Blog Post
    Banksy's latest NYC work is made of cinderblocks. The harbinger of the encroaching forces of English darkness turned up in Queens today.
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  15. Banksy Tags the South Bronx: "Ghetto 4 Life"
    Blog Post
    A child makes a tag in the South Bronx as his butler offers more spray paint.
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  16. On the Upper West Side With a Sledgehammer-Wielding Child
    Blog Post
    Banksy hits the brunch-mobbed Upper West Side with an adorable child intent on destroying a sprinkler system.
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  17. Banksy Goes to Staten Island With a Vaginal Anthill
    Blog Post
    A video of an anthill, said to be in Staten Island, marks the street artist's first work on the borough during his monthlong New York residency.
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  18. Banksy's Village Voice Covers With Os Gêmeos Go Up As Paintings in Chelsea
    Blog Post
    Banksy's collaborations with Brazilian street artists Os Gêmeos went up in Chelsea today as paintings.
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  19. Williamsburg's Very Own Geisha On a Bridge
    Blog Post
    The scene is silhouettes of women in kimono greeting atop a bridge, complete with parasols and a cherry blossom. Despite the wee stumble into stereotype, it's a pretty inventive use of the streetscape.
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  20. Banksy's Latest Is A Fiberglass Ronald McDonald in the South Bronx
    Blog Post
    Inaugurating the back half of Banksy's month-long residency in New York is an all-city exhibition of a grotesque Ronald McDonald sculpture. Yes, really.
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  21. A Remembrance of The Twin Towers in Tribeca
    Blog Post
    It is a singed chrysanthemum growing through a cracked silhouette of one of the towers. It's a sincere gesture, and we thank him for it even if it is a tad on the sentimental side.
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  22. Latest Banksy Discovered in Queens, and It's a Quote From Gladiator?
    Blog Post
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  23. Banksy Was Selling Art in Central Park on Saturday
    Blog Post
    Banksy set up a stand selling some of his stencils right beside Central Park on Saturday. He sold seven. An old man was posted at the stand. At one point, he methodically eats a sandwich. Riveting stuff.
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  24. Banksy Comes Back to Manhattan with Concrete Confessional
    Blog Post
    Banksy is going for a more, uh, general approach with his location hints. Earlier this morning he posted Day 12's artwork, Concrete Confessional, a slouching priest framed by, well, concrete.
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  25. Cops Love Banksy's Graffiti, Too
    Blog Post
    Imagine our surprise to find images of cops posing with Banksy's artwork, smiling, repping the artist's graffiti.
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  26. A Truck Full of Very Loud Stuffed Animals In the Meatpacking District
    Blog Post
    "Sirens of the Lambs" will be touring the meatpacking district and then the rest of the city for the next two weeks.
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  27. Copies of the Village Voice Banksy Issue Are Being Hawked on eBay for $20
    Blog Post
    Iissues of this week's Village Voice, featuring an exclusive interview with Banksy, are being hawked on eBay for as much as $20 a set.
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  28. Some Guys Are Charging Spectators to Look at Banksy's Beaver
    Blog Post
    A couple of enterprising members of the East New York community have found a way to turn a quick profit on Banksy's beaver.
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  29. Local Artist Jeremy Redleaf Urges Makers of HeyBanksy.com to Donate to Hurricane Relief Anyway
    Blog Post
    Well this is refreshing: a Banksy piece in the reaches of New York's outer rim.
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  30. Crazy Horses Riding Through the Lower East Side to a WikiLeaks Soundtrack
    Blog Post
    The Lower East Side is host to Banksy's latest piece: a crowd of stampeding horses in night-vision goggles, classical figures of men prostrating themselves before the wild stallions as they ride gallantly into battle.
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  31. Banksy in New York Day 8: Find This Fake Plato Quote Somewhere In Greenpoint
    Blog Post
    At 12:30 p.m. Banksy updated his Instagram with the latest entry in his city-wide exhibition: simple text scrawled on a blue (gray?) wall somewhere in Greenpoint.
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  32. The New Banksy Is Somewhere in Brooklyn, a Paean to the Heart-Shaped Helium Balloon
    Blog Post
    After the excitement of this weekend's magical truck of paradise, this morning's newest Banksy piece is a little less ambitious: It's a heart-shaped balloon, somewhere on a gray wall in Brooklyn, covered in bandages.
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  33. Banksy's Latest: Rebels Bazooka Dumbo the Elephant from the Sky [VIDEO]
    Blog Post
    No update on new tags today. Banksy explains on his website, "I'm not posting any pictures today. Not after this shocking footage has emerged ...", posting doctored footage of Islamist rebels lighting up Dumbo the Flying Elephant with rocket launchers.
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  34. Banksy's Latest Piece Is a Moving Truck of Paradise
    Blog Post
    Earlier today, Banksy's website was updated with his latest creation: a 1992 GMC delivery truck hauling around paradise in the back.
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  35. Wealthy Trader Nelson Saiers Will Pledge $100,000 to Charity if Banksy Does a Hurricane Sandy Piece
    Blog Post
    One wealthy man has decided to capitalize on Banksy's exposure to bring attention to the coming anniversary of Sandy.
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  36. One of Today's Banksy Pieces Has Already Been Buffed
    Blog Post
    Occupy! The Musical to be found at Broadway and Hewes Street, had already been buffed.
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  37. Day Four of Better Out Than In: Banksy Posts Three New Artworks in One Day
    Blog Post
    Wowza! New York woke up this morning to not one but three new Banksy works in one day, scattered across the Lower East Side, Bushwick, and Williamsburg.
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  38. Banksy's Third Artwork in Three Days Appears, This Time in Midtown
    Blog Post
    At around 9 this morning, Banksy posted his third stencil to his Instagram and website in as many days.
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  39. Here's the Location of Banksy's Second New York Artwork Discovered in the Last Two Days
    Blog Post
    This morning, Banksy's second piece in his month-long show went live on his site, just a few hours after his first piece was tagged, defaced, rebuilt, then finally buffed. The second piece has no title and is located in the impossibly vague "Westside."
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  40. "Graffiti Is a Crime" Sign Already Snatched From Banksy's New Chinatown Artwork
    Blog Post
    Believe it: Not 12 hours after Banksy announced his first project in New York since 2010, someone's gone and vandalized it.
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  41. Banksy Unveils New Work in New York, Promising Month-Long "Residency"
    Blog Post
    About two weeks ago, the elusive graffiti artist Banksy got the Internet whirring. This afternoon, Twitter sent forth words and images of a new Banksy sighting in Chinatown. That'd be Chinatown, New York City.
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