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NYT Declines Banksy Op-Ed on the New World Trade Center


Via BanksyNY: "Today’s piece was going to be an op-ed column in the New York Times. But they declined to publish what I supplied. Which was this..."

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  1. lol well no wonder they rejected this pointless and terribly written column

    Posted by: JMC | Oct 27, 2013 2:13:07 PM

  2. He's not exactly wrong... I refer to it as the Paranoia Tower. The base is a solid block of glass-clad concrete, the "spire" makes it look like it gave up three-quarters of the way to completion, and the overall shape of the thing is middling at best. Hopefully they'll complete 2 WTC soon, so there'll be something interesting-looking at the site.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Oct 27, 2013 2:14:33 PM

  3. SO TRUE. Preach, Banksy!!!

    Posted by: GMB | Oct 27, 2013 2:17:16 PM

  4. He's not wrong at all. It's a shamefully boring building.

    Posted by: Rich B | Oct 27, 2013 2:19:57 PM

  5. One World Trade Center is perfectly fine. It's a clean and sexy new building. It's not recycled Industrial or Victorian era art, like some graffiti art is.

    Posted by: Kev C | Oct 27, 2013 2:21:16 PM

  6. I've always said it was short and fat. Which is weird for a skyscraper.

    Posted by: Aaron | Oct 27, 2013 2:25:37 PM

  7. He is right. Everything about it is awful. Of course no one liked the twin towers when they first went up and we grew to love them.

    Posted by: KM | Oct 27, 2013 2:26:14 PM

  8. That is absolutely offensive. And utterly hilarious. Bravo, Banksy!

    Posted by: peterparker | Oct 27, 2013 2:35:16 PM

  9. Hmmm...are we sure Banks is British? He certainly doesn't write like a Brit!

    Posted by: tagg | Oct 27, 2013 2:40:18 PM

  10. aw, why did he have to go and insult canada? now my feelings are hurt.

    Posted by: stephen | Oct 27, 2013 2:43:44 PM

  11. This is clearly satirical. Banksy is trolling. Just like much of his art.

    The building looks great.

    Posted by: Jaker | Oct 27, 2013 2:49:17 PM

  12. People hated the twin towers as "ugly monoliths" when they were built...and the "plaza" around the twin towers was bland as could be.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Oct 27, 2013 2:56:04 PM

  13. Strange piece. Confusing to say the least.

    Posted by: Reality | Oct 27, 2013 2:56:29 PM

  14. The bottom part of the building, when it relfects the sun, is truly breathtaking imo.

    Posted by: york | Oct 27, 2013 2:57:09 PM

  15. If Banksy wants to be published in the NYT, he'll need to step up his extremely elementary writing.

    Posted by: Boone68 | Oct 27, 2013 3:02:57 PM

  16. Tired of this clown pissing in his cornflakes and calling it "art."

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Oct 27, 2013 3:04:11 PM

  17. Like I asked before, what's a Banksy?

    Posted by: Will | Oct 27, 2013 3:23:24 PM

  18. Blanksy, why the Canada hate?

    He is right about the site though. I think they should have built those two towers right back, exactly where they were, but one storey higher. It would have been the ultimate tribute to those who lost their lives, and the ultimate f-you to those who wasted theirs trying to knock them down by erasing any "achievement" they made. You'll notice they built the Pentagon right back. They didn't turn it into a square. That's the right attitude.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 27, 2013 3:35:16 PM

  19. As a New Yorker, I can only offer a one word piece of advice for Bansky if he doesn't like what he sees is the city:


    Posted by: Michael | Oct 27, 2013 3:40:53 PM

  20. It's boring and fits in perfectly with the current Manhattan, with all the luxury condo buildings, Disney-ifed midtown and chain restaurants on every corner. NYC 2013: America's biggest suburb, scrubbed clean and free of culture, edge and anything interesting.

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 27, 2013 3:53:37 PM

  21. Chris, would you prefer this: All our food should be approved by Gordon Ramsey. All our music should be approved by Simon Cowell. All our news should be approved of by Piers Morgan. All our art and architecture should be approved by Bansky. Everything we do should be approved of by some pompous British self-promoting jackhole.

    Posted by: Kev C | Oct 27, 2013 4:19:28 PM

  22. it is horribly boring. Something I would expect to see in like Cleveland, not 21st century NYC, but then I find most all architecture in NYC the past 20 years boring

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Oct 27, 2013 5:35:15 PM

  23. Judging by the comments here, it would seem banksy's trolling has hit paydirt, as it often does. Really like that guy and his art.

    Posted by: Jaker | Oct 27, 2013 6:48:09 PM

  24. I hate to say it, but I agree with every word of Banksy's op-ed. The new tower is nothing but a giant missed opportunity to create something great for the ages.

    Posted by: D.B. | Oct 27, 2013 6:53:32 PM

  25. I'm sort of inclined to agree with Banksy. 1 WTC has nothing but meh written all over it. It's no different than every other glass skinned monolith in Toronto or Minneapolis. Oooey! It's 1776 feet tall. How patttriotic.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Oct 27, 2013 7:31:32 PM

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