Back in December Runnin’ Scared wrote that Billy’s Antiques an Props “is one of the last remnants of the ‘old Bowery.'” Now that remnant has become a relic as the green tent housing Billy’s has been laid to rest. Saturday morning, the tent was taken down, the New York Times reported. In the afternoon, mourners came out to mark the event with song, eulogy and procession. The tent was placed in a coffin, which then was paraded around the surrounding area.
Bowery Boogie has video of some of the last rites. That’s Leroy’s wife Lorraine Leckie, as identified by the Times, singing her song “Don’t Giggle At the Corpse.” Leckie led the funeral march.
A two-story brick building will be built in the tent’s stead, EV Grieve reports. “Billy says that he will return…” Grieve added.