Uptown Boy: Banksy’s Artwork Makes Cameo on Manhattan’s Upper West Side

Banksy’s art appeared on a wall outside retailer DSW at Broadway and 79th Street on Sunday, as the stealthy British artist whose painted stencils caused a media phenomenon headed uptown. Entitled Hammer Boy, the work drew a large crowd of spectators, eagerly snapping photos.

Our Banksy art sighting was purely by coincidence. We read about his New York escapades, but hadn’t actively followed his website where he posts daily entries. We were out for a stroll after seeing New York Historical Society’s exhibit, the Armory show, which also caused a stir–in 1913.

As we were taking photos of the boy with the sledgehammer, another onlooker placed a Time Magazine with a cover story of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg below him. That gave the impression that the boy was about to hammer the Mayor — for recent anti-Banksy comments.

While Banksy himself hasn’t reacted to City Hall critiques, the photo prop got us thinking about the location of his latest work. Hammer Boy appeared at 79th Street and Broadway, and the Mayor resides at 79th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues, directly across Central Park.

So is Banksy’s Sunday work a tease, and perhaps the Upper East Side will be his next venue? He usually selects sites with available blank walls, and the east 70s, 80s and 90s have several construction sites. Banksy said he’ll exhibit through October, so we’ll see in the next ten days.