Billy Leroy Retiring Coffin; Three-Story Replacement in the Works

Posted on: November 21st, 2012 at 6:09 am by

The true swan song, as it were, for Billy’s Antiques is later this afternoon, eight months after the big-top tent was put to rest for good. Why, you ask? We are told by Billy Leroy himself that the battered coffin will be retired from the empty lot at 76 East Houston later today. Longest interment ever; thing even withstood Hurricane Sandy. Apparently “it’s time.” Say a prayer for them Bowery ghosts.

We took the cue and discovered that final plans are being shuffled through the Department of Buildings for the three-story replacement development as we speak. While still pending approval, new zoning documents delivered to the city show a rough blueprint of what to expect here. Maximum height allowed under current regulations is 75 feet, but this structure will probably reach half that, and include a setback. But don’t worry, Tony Goldman’s graffiti wall legacy is to remain intact. For now. No official word just yet on whether Billy will resume selling antiques in the new digs…

Gary H. Silver Architects and Robert Silman Associates are both behind the project, which is already running behind the initial schedule of last spring. Their application is still processing, so it could be a little while longer.

Recent Stories

LOC
When Thanksgiving Tradition Included Halloween-Like Masquerading

There was once a time when Thanksgiving custom more resembled Halloween masquerading than turkey and history lessons. That’s right. So get out your masks, people! Thanksgivoween is upon is. Check the history. Two key words: masking and mumming. To surmise thousands of years of he said/he said, most agree the word masking encompasses all forms […]

hanksy-thanksgiving-2014
And Here’s Another ‘T. Hanksgiving Day’ Greeting from Street Artist Hanksy

Prolific downtown street artist Hanksy pasted a holiday greeting at his preferred spot on Orchard Street just north of Division. It’s another T. Hanksgiving Day message for the Lower East Side. Gobble gobble.

IMG_1311-1.JPG
Dimes is Expanding Operations to Include 49 Canal Street

Dimes opened in 2013 and quickly outgrew its cubbyhole commercial space. On any given day, 143 Division Street is stocked with trendy foodies willing to pay top dollar for product. It’s a total scene, and the space is simply not large enough for the concept. Not to mention the illegal bus stop at its doorstep […]

Bowery Mission Thanksgiving, Photo: Cynthia Chung
Bowery Mission Reaches Milestone 135th Year Serving Thanksgiving Meals to Those in Need

Consider it a marathon of giving. This Thursday will mark The Bowery Mission’s 135th Annual Thanksgiving dinner. Over  7,000 men, women and children throughout the Five Boroughs of New York will have a warm celebratory meal thanks to the organization and the efforts of its volunteers.  Speaking of, more than 600 volunteers will donate time at […]

sweetgreen-kenmare
Sweetgreen is Opening Its 3rd NYC Location Imminently on Kenmare Street

Upscaling continues on Kenmare Street unchecked, from the controversial Nolitan Hotel to Ken & Cook and the Butcher’s Daughter. As such, the demand for retail units along this four-block stretch hasn’t yielded in years. The newest entrant into the increasingly crowded four-block stretch is DC-based health spot, Sweetgreen. The chain-let is on a roll of […]

  • DodgeFest

    Noooooooooo!!!!!! What about the light in tom & Jerrys? It was great to have that back, if only they could install some mirrors to direct sunlight down there?