Banksy and his friends at Colossal Media have put up two new billboards-- one at the corner of Houston and Macdougal, the other on Canal and West Broadway. The one on Houston seems to indicate an upcoming show-- in one of the -ber months. So if you missed his blowout in LA a couple of years back, where he brought in a live elephant and painted it, and then sold a load of stuff to Brad Pitt, you may be in luck.

Update 1: We've gotten a few pix of the painting in progress. Here's one from David Steele Overholt of two of the guys working on it around 6pm tonight. He thinks the one in the hood is Banksy, but he doesn't look much like the photos of the artist we've seen floating around the internet. And really, if you were the ultra-secretive Banksy, would you be standing there watching the piece go up?

Update 2: Banksy himself has just rung in, updating his website with some information about his New York work (see here).

If you click the "now open in NYC" sticker, it takes you to a website called The Village Petstore and Charcoal Grill (see here).

If you click around it's got some information about a new Banksy popup store at "89 Seventh Avenue South (Between West 4th and Bleeker). Open 10am - 12pm daily until October 31st (also viewable at night)." (Our advice: get on line early!) It also has a bunch of weird and disturbing videos featuring animals. Here they are (also after the jump):

Update: Banksy's team passed on this quote to us, regarding the billboards: "I wanted to play the corporations at their own game, at the same scale and in the same locations. The advantage of billboard companies is that they’ll let you write anything for money, even if what you write is questioning the ethics of letting someone write anything because they have money."

We've spoken to Wooster Collective, who's already gotten in for a peek at the store-- they'll have a video up tonight.

Update: here's the video Wooster took. According to them--

This is the first time Banksy has used animatronics, and the effect is absolutely amazing.

A clear departure form last year's behemoth show in Los Angeles, Banksy's first ever show in New York City (all the others have been fakes) is being held in a tiny storefront that's less than 300 square feet and can't hold more than 20 people at any one time.

One of our favorite things about what Banksy has done is that the entire show is completely visible to the public both day and night through the store front windows. And unless you're a hard core Banksy fan, or until someone like us tells you, it's absolutely impossible to know that the work has been done by Banksy. There are no paintings or graffiti in the entire space.

Update: Mikeion has some great shots outside the store. Tag your videos and pictures "gothamist" and we'll add them to this post.