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Retna Goes Up, A Little of Old Bowery Comes Down

Courtesy Rozalia Jovanovic

This week, the graffiti wall at Houston and Bowery was painted by Los Angeles artist Retna with a work entitled A Conversation With a Great Friend. With the help of two assistants, the new public artwork was completed on Monday. But the painting of the wall has coincided with the departure of a longtime resident of a spot on the same block, Billy’s Antiques & Props, which offers antique wares like school desks, wood-framed mirrors and signage from defunct gas stations that the store’s owner, Billy Leroy, would set up along the sidewalk on the north side of Houston Street along the tent that the shop occupies. Read More