Aby Rosen

190 Bowery Scores ‘Jumbo Pop-Up’ Tenant with Totokaelo Emporium

Last modified July 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

The Germania Bank Building on the Bowery finally scored a ground-floor retail occupant, albeit on a temporary basis. Owner Aby Rosen signed a lease with fashion emporium Totokaelo to take 8,918 square-feet. It won’t be here for long, though, with a stated expiration of March 2018, according to the New York Post. “I’m optimistic that this short-term […]

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Behold, the Peace Pentagon’s Transformation for Rumored Nike-KITH Sneaker Emporium

Posted May 10, 2017 at 5:02 am

The so-called Peace Pentagon, no longer a bastion of activist enterprise, was spared the wrecking ball and reborn as a capitalist endeavor. Gone is the four-story plywood encasement that protected the structure since July of last year. Workers peeled away the hulking appendage earlier this week to reveal what’s been going on here during the […]

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Down at 190 Bowery, Aby Rosen Says Stay off My Lawn

Posted September 2, 2016 at 5:00 am

Stooping is no longer welcome on the doorstep of the recently-cleansed 190 Bowery, the Germania Bank Building. Not under the ownership of Aby Rosen. Before a fire consumed a portion of the roof and its crowning copper cheneau, this hand-painted sign appeared at the front door. “Don’t sit down on the stairs,” the sign pointedly reads. […]

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Germania Bank Graffiti Scrub Nearly Complete on the Bowery [PHOTOS]

Posted August 25, 2016 at 5:17 am

So, that’s the natural color of the Germania Bank Building. The month-long effort to blast away decades of soot-stained grit and graffiti from the 1898 facade is nearly complete. Onsite activity seems to be winding down. Since the beginning of July, men in jumpsuits have been cleaning the exterior on a daily basis, either by sky-high […]

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The Fire Damage to the Germania Bank Building Rooftop on the Bowery [PHOTOS]

Posted August 10, 2016 at 5:13 am

The Germania Bank Building on the Bowery is licking its wounds this week after a rooftop fire sparked Monday evening. Cause of the blaze is not yet known, but several tipsters indicated hearing an explosion followed by a cacophony of sirens (possible propane tank?). Luckily, no one was injured, and damage to the building at […]

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Aby Rosen Installs Anti-Trump Message on Peace Pentagon Development Site

Posted August 9, 2016 at 5:08 am

Aby Rosen was making news even before last night’s rooftop fire at the Germania Bank Building. The Peace Pentagon is almost completely boxed, vanished behind a four-story plywood shell. But with a message from the nascent owner. Taped to the green facade is, “Vote your conscience,” a dig at Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency. Those […]

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Noho’s ‘Peace Pentagon’ Boxed up, Ready for Demolition

Posted July 22, 2016 at 5:00 am

Noho’s activist spirit is dead. Gone by way of luxury. The Peace Pentagon is about to follow. Demolition is nigh. Its longtime sidewalk bridge, a mainstay for several years, was deposed this week, yet quickly replaced. The borderline-unstable property is being boxed up in plywood as we speak. As previously reported, the A.J. Muste Institute […]

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Overnight Patrol Polices 190 Bowery During its Full Graffiti Cleanse

Posted July 19, 2016 at 5:10 am

This guy is gonna deter vandals from tagging up the facade of 190 Bowery. Team Aby Rosen tapped a lone security guard to work the graveyard shift in an effort to ensure that no one vandalizes the building while it gets a power wash. He sits in an office chair during the watch. Good thing […]

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The Wholesale Whitewashing of 190 Bowery Continues this Week

Posted July 6, 2016 at 5:15 am

The Germania Bank Building on the Bowery is now one week into its big hose-down. Current owner Aby Rosen (aka RFR Realty) began the graffiti removal around this time last week, and brought out the big guns for the task. Not just those eraser panels, but a cherry picker for the pesky hard-to-reach tags five stories […]

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First Look at a Graffiti-Cleansed Germania Bank Building on the Bowery

Posted July 2, 2016 at 9:02 am

Let the erasure begin. After months of threats, real estate mogul Aby Rosen finally decided to erase the graffiti from 190 Bowery, the 1898-vintage Germania Bank Building. There had been several prior instances during which removal methods were tested, yet no concrete action until now. The graffiti removal was expected; rumors abounded that it would happen […]

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