The 2-Story Building that Replaced Billy’s Antiques is Finally Revealed

Posted on: July 25th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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Billy’s Antiques is now trumped by this new two-story brick building.

Under construction for more than two years – plus the legal proceedings regarding six inches of real estate – the new 76 East Houston Street is finally ready for the public eye. The commercial-only building, composed completely of brick and with arched windows, was assembled behind a protective tarp for much of that time. That covering was removed a few days ago. Its initial completion date had been spring 2015.

Upon opening, it’ll feature approximately 1,455 square-feet of commercial space across the two levels. Ground floor is 775 square-feet, and second floor is 680 square-feet. Below is a rough blueprint of the floor area. Rent is negotiable. Cushman & Wakefield is the brokerage representing the property, seizing duties from Sinvin.

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This replacement real estate itself was responsible, at least partially, for the demise of Billy’s Antiques (and the big top tent) in 2012. There had been prior chatter that eponymous proprietor Billy Leroy might reopen some form of antiques business here. “The late Tony Goldman told me he wanted to do a Billy’s Antiques Cafe,” Leroy told us in an email. “I’m ready!” (The Goldman family owns this land, as well as the adjacent Graffiti Wall.)

Apparently the Goldmans are not, as Billy notes reveals that his phone calls are not returned.

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Billy’s Antiques, just before closing in December 2011

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