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‘Totokaelo’ Opens Jumbo Pop-Up Space this Friday at 190 Bowery

Posted October 4, 2017 at 5:12 am

There is major activity happening inside the ground level of the Germania Bank Building on the Bowery. Final preparations are underway to transform this massive space into a temporary fashion emporium. As previously reported, the owner of 190 Bowery, Aby Rosen, signed an abbreviated lease over the summer with Totokaelo to take 8,918 square-feet. It officially opens […]

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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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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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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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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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Peace Pentagon Activist Offices Relocate to Chinatown Following $20.75M Sale

Posted May 9, 2016 at 9:23 am

The storied Peace Pentagon of 339 Lafayette Street is finally liquidated. The spirit of the resistance is leaving the neighborhood, with luxury to take its place (naturally). As previously reported, the A.J. Muste Institute sold the borderline-unstable building to real estate baron Aby Rosen for $20.75 million in October. It owned the icon since 1974. […]

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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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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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Aby Rosen Files Plans to Convert Former Women’s Shelter at 11 Bond Street

Posted December 3, 2015 at 5:00 am

​Aby Rosen purchased 348 Lafayette Street over the summer for $26 million. Heretofore an active women’s shelter, the building is now ready for its luxury rechristening. The first step is referring to the property in official documents as 11 Bond Street. Step two was the filing of paperwork with the Department of Buildings to convert […]

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Here’s Your First (and Probably Last) Chance to Tour 190 Bowery

Posted May 14, 2015 at 5:12 am

This Saturday, for the first time in nearly fifty years, the Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery will open up to the public at large. We had been hearing chatter for the last week that some sort of “temporary art gallery” would be taking the ground floor. A small detachment of workers has been renovating […]

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