Sidewalk Bridge at Billy’s Antiques Signals Start of 2-Story Building That Will Rise
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Time has come for the remainders of Billy’s Antiques on the Bowery. A sidewalk bridge was constructed at the Elizabeth Street entrance last Wednesday, no doubt signaling the beginning of activities at the site. As we’ve been reporting for quite some time, a new two-story structure will sprout from the derelict lot.
Goldman Properties, which owns 76 East Houston (and the graffiti wall), paired with Gary H. Silver Architects on the project. Permits for the endeavor pinballed through the DOB for many moons, but were finally approved earlier this year. The structure will rise 28 feet and carry 2,928 square-feet of commercial space. No word on whether Billy’s Antiques will return. Probably not, though.
It was exactly two years ago that Billy Leroy rolled up the big-top tent, and left naught but a coffin at 76 East Houston Street. The parcel has since remained a vacancy, not counting Banksy’s Grim Reaper installation, of course.