WOODSIDE — The renowned street artist Banksy's creation in Queens has already been defaced.
The black-and-white stencil of a man scrubbing off a pink quote, which popped up on the side of a building at 38th Avenue and 69th Street on Monday, was covered by black graffiti tags and the words "F--- BANKSY" on Tuesday morning.
Crowds gathered in Woodside all day Monday to see the work, which has the words "What we do in life echoes in Eternity" written in cursive, which Banksy attributed to the film "Gladiator."
Forest Hills resident and photographer Nick Torres, 22, said he was sorry to see the new graffiti.
"There's no hope for this generation when something like this gets defaced," he said. "When somebody who's that great of an artist blesses us, then it's bad. It makes New York look bad."
Tom Tobin, 35, lives up the street and rode his bike to check out the art.
"It's cool and all," he said, then pointed to the tags. "But a lot of people obviously don't like him."