Photos: A Burlesque Bash For Ray, at His Candy Store

Francisco Valera

Ray Alvarez, the beloved owner of Ray’s Candy Store, turned 80 earlier this month. Last night, a few of the man’s friends, including his upstairs neighbor Francisco Valera, got some dancers from the New York School of Burlesque to donate their time and talents to the man whose milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard. Mr. Valera shared the above photos. Warning: some of them may not be appropriate for work — unless you work at a late-night soda fountain on Avenue A.

Happy birthday, Ray!