The Day | Billy’s Antiques Will (Temporarily) Close

99%Tim Schreier

Good morning, East Village.

The above photo is from the Occupy Wall Street Farmers March from the La Plaza Cultural community garden to Zuccotti Park. You can see more of Tim Schreier’s photos here. On Sunday, about 250 participants (by EV Grieve’s estimate) marched to promote “dialogue, solidarity and solutions to corporate control of our food system,” according to a flyer.

The Times reports that Billy’s Antiques, the tent near the corner of Bowery and Houston that has been stocked with oddities and ephemera since 1986, will close so that its landlord can start construction on a two-story building. Billy Leroy, the tent’s “Barnumesque” owner, will be allowed to reopen in the new building, but a member of his staff considers the closure “part of that final transition to a landscape of Pottery Barns and Starbucks.”

EV Grieve notices candles outside of Joe’s Bar commemorating the recent death of its owner.

Vanishing New York hears about the history of B&H Dairy from Florence Bergson Goldberg, the daughter of B&H founder Abie Bergson. “Whenever someone would leave a tip for [the staff],” she says, “my dad or his partner would tap the coins on the counter and call out ‘Jockey!’ to let them know a tip was left and allow them to say thank you.”

EV Grieve notices that animal shelter Social Tees has moved from East Fourth Street to Second Street near Avenue A.

Ephemeral New York wonders whether the wishbones at McSorley’s were actually hung by soldiers going off to war, as legend has it.

Chloe Sevigny shows Opening Ceremony TV the closet of her East Village apartment. She still has the bunny ears from “Gummo.”