Banksy loves New York. How else to explain the month-lengthy “artists residency” the as soon as elusive British street artist has embarked upon on this side of the Atlantic? With his project, entitled Far better Out than In, Banksy has taken it upon himself to make his presence felt on the streets of New York City on each and each day for the duration of the month of October. Predictably, his genius at self-promotion has ensured breathless sightings, sneering critiques, daily press reports, and the inevitable defacing by other street artists none as well impressed by Banksy’s mainstream acceptance. No matter as these pictures of his Oct 7th mark in Brooklyn attests, Banksy, the counter-cultural figure is a complete-fledged cultural star. And the merits of his messaging—in New York or elsewhere—are nearly wholly beside the point.