Wouldn't want free basil?
FREE GAWD DANG BASIL!
Manhattan's West Village
In front of the doorman building, across from the Laundromat, a stone's throw from a new salon called "Sparkle."
Charles street (between Waverly Pl. and Greenwich Aves.)
Around the corner from Waverly on the west side of the street
Until the first frost or people pick it all, whichever comes first.
Look to the plantings to the left of the door. There your will see yellow rose bushes, badly pruned scrubby bushes and then a few huge basil plants that are almost as big as bushes with glossy, healthy looking leaves.
The plants are not guarded or fenced and the doorman isn't outside. If you just take a few leaves they'll never miss it. Plus, these basil plants are rapidly approaching a flowering, which should be avoided. By pinching them back and snicking some for yourself, you will actually be doing them a favor.
The basil is part of a raised bed that is far out of reach of even the most talented Great Dane's pee range.
Can you say Brushetta?