The Day | The Coffin Leaves Billy’s

photo(40)Daniel Maurer

Good morning, East Village.

The bike police are back on East Fourth Street. We spotted the above on the very same block where someone threatened to cut bikes free from a “private” rack. This bike “has to be removed from this location by Nov. 19 or it will be dealt with as abandoned property and the chain cut.”

Billy Leroy e-mailed to let us know that his famous coffin will be removed from the old site of his Houston Street tent. “I’m taking the coffin out of Billy’s at 3 pm…I think it’s time,” wrote the antiques dealer. “I’m selling it to a Goth friend for $500. It’s an Italian-made, cherrywood coffin,” he said. As to the friend’s plans for the relic, he said, “Oh sleep in it, for real.”

In the art scene, The Times recommends “The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz: Fire in the Belly,” by Cynthia Carr. Mr. Wojnarowicz was “a 1980s East Village artist and writer who came to New York as a teenage street hustler and ended his brief life back on the street, weak with AIDS, as part of the protest group Act Up.” The Times writes that Ms. Carr is “particularly authoritative on the late, inflammatory phase of his career, and his art still lights fires, as was demonstrated when one of his videos was the target of censorship at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington in 2010.” [NY Times]

Peter Facinelli of “Breaking Dawn — Part 2 was spotted with “Thor” actress Jaimie Alexander at the Penny Farthing. [ABC]

And local couple Marty-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy were spotted out and about. [Us]