Chris Billias

Interviewed By Evdokia Sofos

Chris Billias comes from a musical family in Brooklyn. As a teenager Chris chose to attend public school in Manhattan. At that age he spent a lot of time around Greenwich Village bars and clubs where he was too young to be admitted but could still hear the live music from his spot outside on the sidewalk. His first job was working as a figure model at New York art schools and he posed for many individual artists as well. Chris traveled often pursuing interests in writing, music and Kalmyk Buddhism but he always returned to New York’s downtown neighborhoods and still lives in the East Village. (Summary Written By: Elizabeth Downs)

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Interview Data

Date of Interview
April 6, 2014
Location of Interview
East 10th Street
Place of birth
Brooklyn, New York
Occupations
Figure model; editorial & typographical work; writer (verbal structurist); percussionist
Dates in Neighborhood
1960 to time of interview
Notes
Date of birth not given. Storyteller Chris Billias and interviewer Evdokia Sofos are friends.
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Your Village, Your Story: Greenwich Village Oral History Project

This is a community-based oral history project at Jefferson Market Library that works to both preserve and document Greenwich Village neighborhood history through the stories of people who have experienced it.

From December 2013 - April 2014, trained volunteer interviewers worked to collect over 100 oral histories of people who have a longtime relationship with Greenwich Village. This collection represents the voices of individuals who have lived, worked or spent over 20 years in the neighborhood.

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