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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Friday: Overcast with rain showers, then a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 70. Windy. Winds from the SW at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 90% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible. Friday night: Clear in the evening, then overcast. Low of 55. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the NNW after midnight.

EVENT OF THE DAY: “Raus! Get Outta Here!” 

The Eclipses Group Theater, in collaboration with The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater NY, presents “Raus! Get Outta Here!” a play by M. Reppas and T. Papathanasiou. The play satirizes the current social milieu and financial problems currently affecting Greece. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sundays from November 1 -30. at the Stathakeion Cultural Center in Astoria. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Federal court grants stay on stop-and-frisk decision

A federal court halted the decision that requires reforms to the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk practice. Read more: The Queens Courier

New York City school suspensions drop by 23 Percent

The number of New York City students suspended from school has dropped by 23 percent. Read more: NBC New York

Judge prepares to take on NYPD, Queens D.A. in court

The NYPD was dealing with another controversy involving a judge on Thursday night. Read more: CBS New York

Only 6 able to sign up on healthcare.gov’s first day, documents show

Only six people were able to enroll for health insurance through the Obamacare website on the first day, according to documents released Thursday by Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Read more: NBC New York

Bidding on $50 Banksy painting tops $310,000

Bidding on a painting that British graffiti artist Banksy bought for $50 and altered has climbed to more than $310,000. Read more: AP

 

 

 

Banksy bids city farewell in LIC


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Photo courtesy of Kenny Mendoza

Everything must come to the end and in graffiti artist Banksy’s case, the big finale came in Queens.

Since the start of October, the ghost-like and notorious British graffiti artist, only known by the name Banksy, has hit the streets to tag his way around the Big Apple. In a unique show titled “Better Out Than In,” Banksy has been going around each day of the month and leaving his pieces for people to find. Each day the official website for Banksy, www.banksyny.com, got updated with images of the new works.

On Halloween, Banksy bid farewell to New York City raising an inflatable art piece spelling out his name on a building next to the Long Island Expressway on 35th Street and Borden Avenue in Long Island City. Banksy posted the image on his website with an audio file and he wrote “And that’s it. Thanks for your patience. It’s been fun. Save 5Pointz. Bye.” Banksy also provided an image of the “official Banksy New York residency souvenir T-shirt,” but you’d have to take the image to get it done yourself.

According to reports, two men tried to take the inflatable piece and were arrested. The piece was taken down and the police took it away.

After hitting Manhattan and Brooklyn, Banksy made his first stop in Queens on October 14 and stenciled on a blank wall in Woodside at the intersection of 69th Street and 38th Avenue, where the artist had written the quote, “What we do in life echoes in Eternity” from the movie “Gladiator” and stenciled a man trying to wipe off the words. Another graffiti artist painted over the piece that same night.

Banksy’s second trip to the borough was on October 23 where he created a small replica of the great Sphinx of Giza out of smashed cinderblocks near a mechanic auto shop on 35th Avenue and 127th Street in Willets Point. The piece was later taken away in a moving truck and the driver said he helped the mechanics of the shop to a home in Ozone Park, where it was placed inside of a garage.

During his month long residency of New York, Banksy has hit every borough with pieces from a slaughterhouse delivery truck driving around with stuffed animals, a stall in Central Park selling authentic canvases signed by the artist for $60 each, and a fiberglass Ronald McDonald having his shoe shined by a real person and visiting different McDonalds during lunchtime.

 

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Banksy piece appears briefly in Willets Point before taken away to Ozone Park home


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Photos courtesy of Instagram/dr_lou

British graffiti artist Banksy made his way back into Queens, but then was taken out.

According to reports, the ghost-like and notorious artist, who has been going around New York and leaving various types of art works as part of his one-of-a-kind show titled “Better Out Than In,” created a small replica of the great Sphinx of Giza out of smashed cinderblocks near a mechanic auto shop on 35th Avenue and 127th Street in Willets Point.

The sculpture was reported to be seen early Tuesday but in only a few hours was dismantled onto a truck and taken away.

A driver for the moving company that picked up the Banksy piece on Tuesday said the mechanics of the nearby auto shop asked to have it moved to a home in Ozone Park, where it was placed inside of a garage.

The driver said he was worried about the statue, but was told by the mechanics they would be made responsible for it as they carefully placed the figure inside the truck.

“I didn’t really know what was going on,” said the driver who wished to remain anonymous.

Along with tagging up Manhattan and Brooklyn, Banksy made his first Queens appearance on October 14 in Woodside.

On a blank wall located on 69th Street and 38th Avenue, the artist wrote the quote, “What we do in life echoes in Eternity” from the movie “Gladiator” and stenciled a man trying to wipe off the words. Another graffiti artist painted over the piece that same night.

The artist began his “exhibit” on October 1 with his first piece appearing in Manhattan with reports saying it was on a building in Chinatown. Each day the official website for Banksy, www.banksyny.com, gets updated with images of the new stencils.

On Wednesday, instead of a new piece being published, a post appeared on the artist’s official website that said “Today’s art has been cancelled due to police activity.”

 

Graffiti artist Banksy makes his way to Queens


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Photo courtesy of Eric Benaim

A “residency on the streets of New York” would not be complete without coming into Queens for one artist.

Since the start of the month, the mysterious, ghost-like and notorious British graffiti artist only known by the name Banksy has hit the streets to tag his way around the Big Apple. In a unique show titled “Better Out Than In,” Banksy has been going around each day of the month and leaving his stenciled pieces for people to find. The artist also stencils a phone number with each piece so whoever is curious can call and find out a bit more on each artwork.

The artist began his “exhibit” on October 1 with his first piece appearing in Manhattan with reports saying it was on a building in Chinatown. Each day the official website for Banksy, www.banksyny.com, gets updated with images of the new stencils.

According to reports and the Banksy official website, on Sunday the artist set up a stall in Central Park and sold original signed canvases for $60, which normally go for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

After hitting Manhattan and Brooklyn, Banksy made his way to Queens on Monday and stenciled on a blank wall in Woodside. After reports of the piece appeared throughout the Internet, fans flocked to the 69th Street and 38th Avenue wall where the artist had written the quote, “What we do in life echoes in Eternity” from the movie “Gladiator” and stenciled a man trying to wipe off the words.

Even with all the admirers, on Monday night the Woodside piece met the same fate as other New York Banksy pieces, as a different graffiti artist painted over the work.

 

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