The End is Here: Saying Goodbye to Billy’s Antiques this Friday

Posted on: March 6th, 2012 at 9:53 am by

Billy’s Antiques has been closed for two months. Not much movement to report except for artists coming and going during the Retna graffiti wall job. Now proprietor Billy Leroy has an update on the site and when demolition will transpire. Also there’s a farewell event this Friday evening (March 9).

From the inbox:

The End is Here – Friday March 9th @ Billy’s Antiques & Props

After nearly three decades in business the infamous tent housing Billy’s Antiques and Props on Bowery and Houston will be taken down forever. Please join shop owner Billy Leroy, Proprietor Tony Goldman of Goldman Properties and the filmmakers behind Dirty Old Town as they say goodbye to an iconic landmark.

On Friday March 9th starting at 7pm, Anthony Haden Guest will host a special farewell celebration with performances, eulogies, poetry, live music and more…

7pm – Kelley Swindall
730pm – Lorraine Leckie and her Demons
8pm – The Naked Heroes
9pm – The Virgins
10pm – TV Baby
11pm – DJ King Solomon
12am – AndrewAndrew

On the next day, Saturday, March 10th at 3pm, the tent will begin itʼs first phase of demolition. The tarps and fabric, enduring over 30 years of New York weather, both cultural and environmental, will be taken down forever. In a gothic burial ceremony, the “Flesh” of the tent will be peeled from the skeletal “Bones” of the structure and placed in a coffin. The coffin will be paraded around the block by pallbearers, while a funeral march is strummed by guitarist and tent-matriarch Lorraine Leckie. The coffin will be chained to the inside fence, and the remaining hollow structure will be painted fire-engine red in the days to follow.

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