Pier-Less

The Cancellation of a Favorite Antiques Show

The spontaneous rituals that sprang up after the Trade Center disaster had, in fact, some things in common with their Victorian forebears: People wrote poems or drew pictures and tacked them up on park fences and the walls of makeshift shrines like the 26th Street armory or the facade of Ray's Pizza on Sixth Avenue. When Prince Albert died in 1861, Queen Victoria, swamped with grief, used to carry his picture everywhere, holding it up on visits to places like the Taj Mahal so he could see it too. It was easy to be reminded of Victoria during the seven-hour Concert for New York City, when all those people in the audience held up pictures of their loved ones, so vibrant and so alive until a few weeks ago, so that they could see Mick Jagger and the Who.

Blue waters: Pier 88 on the Hudson, site of the canceled Triple Pier Show
photo: Jay Muhlin
Blue waters: Pier 88 on the Hudson, site of the canceled Triple Pier Show

Still, by the time the Christmas tree goes up under the arch in Washington Square, now stripped of "Missing" posters and votive candles, things may improve. "Don't be surprised if a new show pops up," George, the vintage Rolex seller who has a booth in the best location at the Showplace, an antiques center on 25th Street, said last weekend. "After all, dealers have been buying stuff all year to sell for the holidays. You wait—someone will swoop down and set up a show somewhere." But no one has yet, and even if they did, would it glitter as brightly as those three gleaming piers on the Hudson?

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