Over the past few weeks, renowned British street artist Banksy has taken New York City by storm, leaving a trail of spray paint in his wake. But graffiti is nothing new here: The city has long acted as a blank canvas to artists, who have left their mark in a variety of formats, from bulky name tags to intricate murals. It's easy to ignore the large swaths of color that grace the New York skyline, but take a few moments to acknowledge the city's street art and you'll realize that you don't need to shell out $25 at the MoMA to enjoy a bounty of modern art. Just take a stroll around the following neighborhoods.
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