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Over a year ago, the MTA busted unofficial Bowery mayor Billy Leroy of Billy's Antiques for selling subway signs, which they alleged were stolen. Billy hired famed civil rights attorney Ronald Kuby to defend him, and the city eventually dropped the charges, but they refused to return the signs. Until Tuesday, when Billy emailed us to say that he was picking up the signs at the NYC property clerks office and then "bringing them to Billy's to splash them all over the sidewalk."
Now, the signs have been returned to their rightful home on Bowery and Houston. Above, that's Billy's partner Jessie with all the MTA bounty yesterday afternoon. Man, we love a happy ending.
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