Business News
Community News
Local News

Hank’s Alley to Close after 60 Years in Tarrytown

• Bookmarks: 36

October 1, 2015

| by Elaine Marranzano |

Hank Bucci died in June at the age of 82.
Hank Bucci died in June at the age of 82.

After nearly 60 years, Hank’s Alley, Tarrytown’s premier antique and used furniture store, is closing. Janet Falasca, sister of proprietor Hank Bucci, who died on June 17 at age 82, was in the store on a September weekend, along with Hank’s wife, Nancy, selling the remainder of the curiosity shop’s inventory at steep discounts.

Rotary Duck Derby in Tarrytown

“It’s the end of an era,” said Falasca, while wrapping ceramics in newspaper preparing them for sale elsewhere. 

Bucci’s father started the business in North Tarrytown (now Sleepy Hollow) on Beekman Avenue.  Hank, the oldest of five children, ran the business with his dad and adopted his philosophy: “A quick dollar is better than a slow 10.” Hank was a hustler, in a good way.  “He used to have a map with business cards from other dealers tacked all over it.  They would come to him to buy.  That’s how good our prices were,” said Janet.  The store was even included in Fodor’s Places to Go in the Hudson Valley.

After 35 years, the business moved to North Washington Street in an old trolley shop where treasures, waiting to be discovered, were piled to the ceiling in the dim and dusty rooms. 

For 13 years, Susan Dudick lived across the street on North Washington. “Hank was part of my peripheral life,” she wrote on Facebook.  “I could hear him dealing with customers and the sound of his voice was reassuring. I constantly looked out my window to see what treasures were coming in.”

Seven years ago, the business moved again, this time to 24 Kaldenberg Place. Bucci bought the old firehouse building from the Village of Tarrytown and the legend continued.

“I got four awesome prints for my store at Hanks!” wrote Colleen Goudie on Facebook. Goudie is the owner of ShaLula on Main Street. “They turned out to be originals!!  I always send tourists there for some fun!”

But the fun of hunting for bargains at Hank’s is now a thing of the past. “Crazy Hank, a life-long Tarrytowner and father of six, is gone. Hank’s dog, Chip, has a new home and the building is “almost” sold, according to Nancy.

“I’ll miss Hank: his sass, his hustle, his gruff kindness,” wrote Tanya Monier on Facebook, describing Hank as her “second-hand-furniture-dealing crush.”  “He told me once, ‘Honey, you got hustle, and I mean that as a compliment.’”

For a long time, a life-sized, carved, wooden goat with a sign saying: “Not for sale. This old goat belongs to this old goat” watched over the store from its position near the ceiling.   

Now, the old goat is for sale and the store will likely be closed by the end of September.      

Share the News!
Andrea Martone - Westchester and Rivertowns Real Estate - Houlihan Lawrence agent

Tarrytown Poised to Close Main Street For Dining On 12 Saturday Nights—And Maybe Approve Parklets

By Barrett Seaman— At their May 17 Board meeting, Tarrytown Trustees are expected to approve the closure of Main Street...
Read More

Playa Bowls Grand Opening Saturday, May 15 in Tarrytown

By Linda Viertel--- “Welcome to Pineapple Land” On Main Street, where customers can enjoy a dizzying variety of superfruit bowls...
Read More

Two Local Students Win National Merit Scholarships

By Rick Pezzullo--- Two local seniors were among 2,500 National Merit Scholarship winners named this week that were chosen from...
Read More

Transfiguration School Students Connect with International Space Station

By Rick Pezzullo--- Middle school students at The Transfiguration School in Tarrytown spoke with astronauts aboard the International Space Station...
Read More

Jazz Forum, Tarrytown Reopens May 28!

After what will have been 446 days of closure due to the pandemic, Jazz Forum Arts will reopen its Jazz...
Read More

New Principal at Sleepy Hollow High School Named

By Rick Pezzullo--- A new principal has been chosen to lead Sleepy Hollow High School. Deborah Brand will succeed Dr....
Read More

Gold Star Mother Margaret J. Horan Memorial Unveiled in Sleepy Hollow

By Rick Pezzullo--- The Margaret J. Horan Gold Star Mothers’ Memorial was unveiled Sunday, May 9th at Horan’s Landing Park...
Read More

Harckham Sponsors Blood Drive in Sleepy Hollow

By Rick Pezzullo--- State Senator Pete Harckham partnered with New York Blood Center (NYBC) Saturday in sponsoring a blood drive...
Read More

COVID-19 Update: Then And Now (It’s Better Now)

By Barrett Seaman— Just three months ago, The Hudson Independent reported that, “All but two or three of the state’s...
Read More
36 recommended
bookmark icon