78 comments

  1. Elisa

    November 3, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    adore this place. such ambience.

  2. Jarred

    November 3, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    I would love to get my hands on some of that Helvetica!

  3. akacocolopez

    November 3, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    i love this place!

  4. Barbora

    November 3, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Such a cool antique store!I want that Brooklyn Bridge sign for my bedroom!!!!:)

    barboradudinska.blogspot.com

  5. urbanmosadi

    November 3, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    I remember this store, I wanted to get one of those Brooklyn Metro signs, and put up on my bedroom wall back home in South Africa, but the service was really awful :(

  6. jack bespoke

    November 3, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    would be interesting to just look around in there, haha time travel a bit

    bespok.com

  7. xoxo, alizée

    November 3, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    great picture! i would love to go to a place like that!

    xoxoalizee.blogspot.com

  8. Christian Krohne

    November 3, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Lovely picture, like Barbora, I would love to get hold of one of these signs – is there anywhere I can buy them online. International shipping is required since I live in Denmark.

  9. katthroatworld

    November 3, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    looks like a cool store for some interior decorating! i wish i had an apartment in the city. =P

  10. zincink

    November 3, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I remember this place my entire life..funny how I never went in but I know of it.

    A NY gem.

  11. Anonymous

    November 3, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    that place is the most overpriced antique shop ever… but they do have some interesting things once in a while so understand why you are sharing this photo.. sort of.

  12. Hendric

    November 3, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    After seeing the bridge signs you almost forget that the red fire hydrant isn't for sale.

  13. John M. Doyle

    November 3, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Ahh…lest we forget, NY fashion is not just what people are wearing, but also, the wonderful and inimitable city of NY itself.

  14. Moselle

    November 3, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    The only place I buy furniture!!

    Go visit itchycat.blogspot.com.

  15. Jacqueline

    November 3, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    looks like a happenin place!

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  16. Anonymous

    November 3, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    more of this!! seriously!

  17. B

    November 3, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I love this place! I walk by it every day on my way to work and every time it gets harder and harder to resist impulse buys. They do have GREAT antique mirrors…

  18. Jandi Keum

    November 3, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    I've been reading/viewing your blog since last year…I never really took the time to go through all the pictures, including the ones from way back, and today I did. I noticed how your style/eye has evolved and improved and expanded so much…keep it up! Also, your book is beautiful.

  19. Anonymous

    November 3, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Billy and Lorraine are the coolest. They are definitely Sartorialist material.

  20. singaporeshortstories.blogspot.com

    November 3, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    wow so nice!

  21. Anonymous

    November 3, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Billy's is a treasure trove for people with a soft spot for unique old items.

  22. gossisnice

    November 3, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    This place has SUCH cool stuff… really strange, unique, and often beautiful finds!

  23. Thomas

    November 3, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    great shot….i'd love to visit

  24. Anonymous

    November 3, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    This place is so cool, and my favorite is the wall on the next block all painted in funky colors and designs…

    http://www.natasblog.com

  25. Miss Shlog

    November 3, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Amazing! Looks like you could spend half a day just looking around!

  26. Taylor

    November 3, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Ahhh I'd love to visit this shop!

  27. Alex Folzi

    November 3, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    nice pics

  28. Anonymous

    November 3, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    in a word: kitchy

    love the breadth of the Satorialist's lens, but does everyone have to universally rave about all things seen here. Sometimes people get it wrong. 90% of what I see here is bold, dramatic and beautiful. Sometimes though you can really see that the subject's are trying way too hard to pull off a look that doesn't belong to them. Of course this has no relevence to Billy's but is relevant overall I guess.

    Great images of truly stunning people and their take on fashion overall, so thanks!

  29. James D

    November 3, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    is that the cigar store indian from siendfeld?

  30. hi-d

    November 4, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Looks like a fun place to shop!

  31. Joe

    November 4, 2009 at 12:05 am

    I went to this place when I was in new york, its very odd, I remember it having a vintage dildo. {What a nice memory}. somewhere in there.. hahah Oh well nice shot!

  32. Shelley Noble

    November 4, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Nice. Those subway signs would look great over the sofa in a view loft. I'll take the no parking sign.

  33. Aurore

    November 4, 2009 at 1:36 am

    This is for place like that, that we all need to live in Nyc, Where else !

    http://picturesupdated.blogspot.com

  34. Natalie

    November 4, 2009 at 1:48 am

    awesome photo, i miss new york. cant wait to go back! :)

    xoxo

    natalieoffduty.blogspot.com

  35. Thomas

    November 4, 2009 at 2:22 am

    Makes me reminisce and miss downtown New York. Perhaps it's time for a re-visit…

    Tom in Kuwait

  36. therichhomeless

    November 4, 2009 at 4:05 am

    nice,like it,love to go :))
    http://www.therichhomeless.blogspot.com

  37. Dounia

    November 4, 2009 at 4:55 am

    It reminds me of my holidays I spent this summer in the big apple, 2 blocks away from this place…
    Now, back in France, where you can now start feeling the cold, I'd like to thank you :)

  38. Anonymous

    November 4, 2009 at 5:04 am

    A pleasant piece of downtown and I'm glad it's still there, but it is overpriced.

  39. Abhilash

    November 4, 2009 at 5:23 am

    It appears to be the one I have my next door.

    I daily see a lot of people around the streets who create such stores in less than a hours time. They are seen mostly during celebrations in temples, churches etc.

    There are a series of people who gather around such stores as they attract more visitors.

    You hyave shot well.

  40. preppygoesrock

    November 4, 2009 at 5:35 am

  41. annamaria

    November 4, 2009 at 6:29 am

    I really like your pics..they're interesting,especially if we consider the way you capture "human nature" more than the look people have.
    have u ever thought to come to Italy??I think here u really could find out special shots.

  42. ingefaer

    November 4, 2009 at 7:29 am

    I would just like to get a copy of this photo! It is GREAT! Love the colors – the blue awning, orange chair, red firehydrant – all of it! I would proudly hang it on my wall.

  43. Alexandra

    November 4, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Great pic indeed!

  44. pixie

    November 4, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Can someone please say where it is? I'm going to be in NYC soon and I'd love to visit it.

    thanks, Susan

  45. Barbora

    November 4, 2009 at 8:56 am

    What are you saying??? That the red fire hydrant is not for sale????:(

    barboradudinska.blogspot.com

  46. Rob Bruce

    November 4, 2009 at 9:08 am

    I want the Brooklyn Bridge sign for my wall!

  47. mart and lu

    November 4, 2009 at 10:15 am

    i need to go to there. this is completely my kind of place to shop for furniture. i am already drooling for those wooden antique dinning room chairs!

  48. Lilia

    November 4, 2009 at 10:49 am

    This makes me miss my place in New York so much.

    Definately overpriced!

    Its cool to go inside though, everything is all piled up.

  49. MAISON CHAPLIN

    November 4, 2009 at 11:42 am

    You have no idea of how many hours I loose inside these stores sometimes, I looove antiques!

    @ MaisonChaplin.blogspot.com

  50. Jackson

    November 4, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Check out the NYC doc "Captured"
    Billy has some good memories to share

  51. Brennan

    November 4, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Helvetica is the perfume of the city!

  52. My Book Style

    November 4, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    i love new york!!!

  53. Brittany Anne

    November 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    The guy that works there is grumpy…

  54. Lula Mae

    November 4, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    What a coincidence!, I took the same photo when I was in New York last spring.
    We are waiting for you here in Barcelona ;DD
    xxx

  55. Christina

    November 4, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Love this place….makes me happy each time I'm walking down East Houston.

    fridayswithcilantro.blogspot.com

  56. daniqueconijn

    November 4, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    The Bowery! That's also close to where CBGB's used to be right? During my visit in NYC this year I just had to go there to see the place for real. I was really overwhelmed when I was finally there… It's a magical place for sure.

  57. The Blasphemous Fiendess

    November 4, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    What a great photo! I love the colours and the composition. This photo framed ond on the wall would be better than overpriced city signs.

  58. YmL

    November 4, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Antiques are great, and antique shops in NYC are great,. but this is the most over price junk shop in NYC.

  59. Robyn

    November 4, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    That shop looks like it hold such wonderful character, I wouldn't be able to resist peaking inside~

    -Robyn

  60. Lolitta

    November 4, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    looks like a very interesting place.

    http://loveyourfabulousself.blogspot.com/

  61. Brandon

    November 4, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Where can I buy those signs?

  62. kristi

    November 4, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    I LOVE this place! Was just there yesterday — trying unsuccessfully to bargain for one of those subway signs! I try every time I am in the city — someday I will have one!

    Pixie/Susan — it's at Houston and Bowery.

    I tweeted a pic of this crazy chair made of bones they have for sale right now — click my link to see it.

  63. Anonymous

    November 5, 2009 at 9:45 am

    That's Billy's Antiques and Props on East Houston and the Bowery.There website say's "This ain't Crate and Barrel"…so don't be offended if they are a little gruff.
    They pride themselves in keeping the old Bowery alive .They hire street guy's to help move the furniture in and out. The subway signs go from $40 to $5000
    There website tells it all
    http://www.billysantiques.com

  64. Alex

    November 5, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    I love Billy's !

  65. Brighton Bumpkins

    November 5, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Anonymous – THANK you for the info and not just repeating "it's great yada yada" "it's overpriced yada yada" It is a shot about style not a shopping guide!

  66. Anonymous

    November 5, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    not on the bowery. lol. its on east Houston and Elizabeth. close but not the bowery.

  67. Anonymous

    November 5, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    The property goes from The Bowery"the Giant Graffiti Wall" to Elizabeth St. Exact address is 76-78 East Houston. The tent has been there since 1986 way before the gentrification. WARNING !! To all flip flop wearers Syringes have been seen near the Wall.Probably came from the last flop house BRC Next to John Varvatos.Long Live Ye Olde Bowery !!

  68. Hermione

    November 5, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    aw, memories….

  69. Raul Villalobos

    November 6, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    When I lived on Ludlow and Houston, I used to love to walk on Houston to this store. I dreamt of having a huge apt (obviously in the LES) and fill it with trinkets and stuff from this place. Much missed

  70. Douglas Cain

    November 10, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Those signs were designed by Massimo Vignelli, a vintage design SUPERSTAR! I would die for one of those! I wish I was in NYC for a hot minuet. I would certainly snag one if I could…

    http://www.Douglascain.blogspot.com

  71. Cat Sitter in the City

    November 12, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I love that this place endures. I am always relieved when I see it is still there. So many great places and things are disappearing in NYC, especially in this area.

  72. Anonymous

    December 20, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    i got mu dresser here! amazing rustic maple with dove tail corners. $150 and that included delivery it into my bedroom

  73. micah joy

    January 6, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    i love this place. if i could afford to furnish my entire apartment in great vintage finds… i would.

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    January 5, 2011 at 3:49 am

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    July 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I would really love to have at least one glance of this beauty.
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  76. Christmas decorations

    November 25, 2011 at 4:18 am

    Wonderful article, good luck along with writing others!

  77. HinesRancHolub

    April 19, 2012 at 3:02 am

    There’s really nothing like those old antique and props signs.

  78. Andy

    June 27, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Just found this. I furnished my apt from this place!

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