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NEKST’s Bowery Tag on Germania Bank Building Gets Buffed After More Than a Decade

Posted April 4, 2016 at 5:17 am

NEKST is next; now in the crosshairs of Aby Rosen (of RFR Realty). The piecemeal removal of graffiti layering from the iconic Germania Bank Building on the building continues this week. Probably the most recognizable of the tags is getting buffed. So long, NEKST. The stand-out lettering ruled the Bowery facade (relatively) untouched for over a […]

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139-141 Bowery Coming Down for 11-Story Mixed-Use Development

Posted March 30, 2016 at 5:14 am

Across the street from the decimated Federal-style buildings on the lower Bowery, an eleven-story development inches closer to fruition. The tax lots of 139-141 Bowery were previously combined, and demolition permits issued to excise the current tenement buildings. Reason – a replacement tower stocked with both commercial and residential space. There’s activity on site now, […]

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Parasol Projects Opening Another Pop-Up Space on the Bowery (aka ‘New Chelsea)

Posted March 28, 2016 at 5:10 am

For the first time in recent memory, restaurant supply is not the modus operandi of 208 Bowery. Its primary commercial tenant the last several years has been Yasakart, which also incorporated the adjacent store into its footprint. (There had been some eviction drama with this tenant back in 2010.) The business downsized last month – […]

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Graffiti Removal is Happening Right Now at the Germania Bank Building on the Bowery

Posted March 23, 2016 at 5:00 am

You can dispense with any further speculation. For the revamped 1898-vintage Germania Bank Building, the now-iconic graffiti wrapping apparently wasn’t part of the end game. Just a day after stained glass windows were unveiled at 190 Bowery, an eagle-eyed tipster spotted a contractor power washing the stone facade. Wiping away the layers of graffiti caked onto its exterior […]

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Germania Bank Building Boasts New Stained Glass Windows on the Bowery

Posted March 22, 2016 at 5:10 am

Let’s check in with the multimillion-dollar rehabilitation of the Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery. This hulking property is the jewel in the crown of real estate magnate Aby Rosen, whose RFR Realty purchased the corner from artist Jay Maisel for $55 million almost two years ago. Several months into the makeover, the full slate […]

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Breaking: Hand Grenade Found in Bowery Basement, Bomb Squad Reacts in Kind

Last modified March 21, 2016 at 4:12 pm

​The bomb squad was called to 221 Bowery earlier today after a WWII-era hand grenade was uncovered by a demolition team in the basement. A tipster tells us that the crew discovered the explosive beside a bunch of “antique looking guns” from the same time period. Our source speculates that the dated cache could possibly belong […]

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Filmmakers Explore Velvet Underground’s First Concert in a NJ High School with Animated Doc

Posted March 21, 2016 at 9:28 am

Arguably one of the most influential cult bands of all time, everything Velvet Underground is nostalgic, holy, and romanticized. Not just the music, the incubator Warhol scene, or the band’s place in it. We must head further back in time. Fifty years, to be precise. To an unlikely place. Back to a high school in […]

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216 Bowery ‘Development Opportunity’ Sells for $13M

Posted March 17, 2016 at 5:10 am

Six months on the open market, and we have a winner. A buyer has stepped forward to acquire the three-story 216 Bowery. The property traded earlier this month for $13 million ($2,650 per square-foot). The seller of the now-vacant 216 Bowery is the Balter family, presumably the owner of the eponymous restaurant supply company across […]

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200 Years of NYC History Demolished on the Bowery for an 8-Story Condo-Hotel

Posted March 15, 2016 at 5:18 am

Consecutive weeks of brick-by-brick demolition resulted in the loss of three of the oldest buildings on the Bowery. There is now a huge gap of open air on the block, soon to be plugged with an unneeded condo-hotel development. The takedown of 138-142 Bowery was implemented at all costs, and ultimately resulted in a stop-work […]

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Street Artist FAUST Gets Big Ups with Bowery Tag

Posted March 14, 2016 at 5:12 am

The real estate firm that brought Shepard Fairey to the heights of Bowery in 2014 (“The future is ours”) is going big again. Caspi Development just commissioned street artist FAUST to add a touch of cursive to another of its properties. Just a block to the south. Last Friday, in his signature script, FAUST scrawled the […]

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