76 East Houston

Billy’s Antiques is Returning to the Lower East Side for One Day This Weekend

Posted October 21, 2014 at 6:07 am

This Saturday (October 25), Billy LeRoy is reviving his antiques business for one day only. He’ll head down to Seward Park to pitch the big-top tent as part of the Hester Street Fair’s “Bedford + Bowery Bazaar,” the last event of the season. Billy Leroy’s eponymous antiques business on East Houston was a fixture of […]

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Os Gemeos Mural on the Bowery is Back Behind the Plywood

Posted October 16, 2014 at 5:10 am

So much for the Os Gemeos mural remaining in public view on the Bowery. Contractors erected another perimeter fence on Monday as construction continues on the adjacent plot. The mural from 2009 had been re-unveiled in mid-September for a “limited time only.” Likely as a reminder that the graffiti wall was still relevant. That timeframe […]

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Hidden Os Gemeos Mural from 2009 Returns to the Bowery Graffiti Wall

Posted October 1, 2014 at 6:00 am

Yesterday evening, the Bowery graffiti wall reverted to its circa 2009 state. Property owner Goldman Properties re-unveiled the Os Gemeos mural that has been obscured for the last five years. Scaffolding and blue tarps fell away to reveal that the color is still very much intact. The artwork of twins Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo will […]

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Bowery Graffiti Wall Enclosure Removed; 2009 Os Gemeos Mural Visible

Posted July 24, 2014 at 6:08 am

For the last few days, construction workers have dismantled the two-story paneled enclosure surrounding the Bowery graffiti wall. Now the original concrete slab – made famous by Keith Haring in summer 1982 – is publicly visible for the first time in five years. The Os Gemeos mural was the last commissioned piece before the art-vertecture […]

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The Bowery Graffiti Wall is Being Torn Apart Right Now

Posted July 22, 2014 at 5:54 am

As construction progresses at 76 East Houston, the adjacent graffiti wall suffers. That two-story paneled enclosure of the original concrete slab is currently being stripped of its artwork (that of Cope2). You can easily view the damage from behind the sidewalk bridge or via the gratuitous blogger portals. Shattered pieces of the mural now litter the […]

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Rendering Reveals Glimpse of 2-Story Building to Rise at Billy’s Antiques Lot

Posted July 2, 2014 at 6:05 am

With the new plywood enclosure at the Bowery graffiti wall comes a rendering of the two-story building we can expect on the adjacent lot. As previously reported, a full city block of scaffolding and fencing appeared on East Houston over the weekend. The replacement real estate itself was responsible, at least partially, for the demise […]

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Bowery Graffiti Wall Now Obstructed by Scaffolding from Construction of 2-Story Building

Posted June 30, 2014 at 9:15 am

COPE2 just received the ultimate diss at the Bowery graffiti wall, and it’s not even art world related. In fact, a new sidewalk bridge and plywood shed related to the construction site next door now blocks three-quarters of the high-profile canvas. And probably will until the new two-story building is complete. The estate of Tony […]

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Sidewalk Bridge at Billy’s Antiques Signals Start of 2-Story Building That Will Rise

Posted June 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

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 […]

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Revisiting the 2-Story Building that Will Rise at the Old Billy’s Antiques

Posted April 4, 2014 at 5:52 am

Walking by the lot previously known as Billy’s Antiques yesterday, we spotted a crew of architects assessing the area. Blueprints and other documents in hand. This prompted us to revisit the story and further check into what’s happening here. After all, Banksy’s grim reaper carnival stunt was the only action this site has seen since […]

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Billy Leroy Calls Out Banksy for Stealing His Death Idea for ‘Grim Reaper’ Stunt

Posted October 31, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Banksy’s Disneyland Grim Reaper was a weak copy of the death-themed funeral we had at Billy’s Antiques a year and a half ago. I want to make it clear that Billy’s had nothing to do with this corporate art installation. I’m a big fan of outlaw street art but only when the artists risk their […]

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