Most of the Art that Banksy created during his 2015 visit to New York City was defaced by other graffiti artists within a few hours, like a Chelsea image of a dog peeing on a fire hydrant.
Others, like the painting of two boys beneath a sign reading “Graffiti is a Crime” at 18 Allen St., were painted over by building owners or the city.
The only pieces that survive are the ones that were immediately protected. Saul Zabar stands next to the Banksy mural on Zabars, the store he founded on West 79h Street.
Saul Zabar covered his Banksy painting with plexiglass after it appeared on his building at 79th and Broadway. The whimsical image of a boy hammering a fire standpipe like it’s a carnival game remains intact.
The owners of the Hustler Club dispatched bouncers to guard the Banksy — showing a dejected stage-door Johnny clutching flowers — that was painted on their roll-down gate. The gate was later removed and might be displayed inside the club one day.