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.

Recent Stories

streits-tour-boxes_wm
Documentary About Streit’s Matzo Scores Festival Run Just Before the Lower East Side Departure

The Streit’s Matzo factory only has a few months left on the Lower East Side, the neighborhood it called home for ninety years. After Passover – concluding April 11 – it’s all she wrote. In the end, it was filmmaker Michael Levine and producer Michael Green who chronicled the final years of the matzo-makers at […]

Siempre Verde Garden on Stanton St.
CB3 Fully Backs the Establishment of a Community Gardens District on the Lower East Side

In a huge boon to the area’s history of guerrilla gardening, Community Board 3 last night voted to support the creation of a Community Gardens District in the East Village/Lower East Side. That includes the remaining 46 gardens still located within its confines. The full board ratified the advisory resolution recommended by the Parks subcommittee […]

essex-snowman-twin-1
Behold! The Essex Street Snowman Now Has a Twin

The rather rotund Essex Street Snowman was sprayed with water, causing it to multiply like mogwai. Where there was once one, now two exist… Yes, there are now twin monstrous Essex Street Snowmen at the corner of Canal Street. In a quick change-up, the father-son team at the Chinese bodega created a second snow creature […]

mission-chinese-rent-orchard
Mediterranean Bar Hopes to Nab Doomed Mission Chinese Space on Orchard Street

Looks like one hopeful restaurateur is interested in taking over the lower level of 154 Orchard Street. This address, of course, is the notorious previous home of Mission Chinese Food. The space comes with a terrible vermin problem and a backyard that is not legal (a death trap, even). Chef-owner Danny Bowien is still embroiled […]

straus-square
Straus Square Ready for $6.5M Safety Upgrade as Part of ‘Safe Routes to Schools’ Initiative

In an overall bid to increase and implement “school safety” street improvements, the city will soon embark on a capital construction project to retool Straus Square in Chinatown/Lower East Side. The Department of Design and Construction is managing the $6.5 million push – dubbed “Safe Routes to Schools” – which includes changes such as reconstructing […]