Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery is Cleansed, No Longer a Graffiti Mecca

Posted on: March 11th, 2015 at 5:09 am by
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Let the cleansing of 190 Bowery begin.

Given that moving trucks park curbside to collect a lifetime of personal belongings from the Maisel family each day, it was only a matter of time before cleanup crews were dispatched to the Germania Bank Building. And that’s precisely what happened yesterday afternoon. Most of the caked-on layers of street art – comprising years of creativity – were categorically scraped from the facade. So much so that you can now see the first floor windows.

What remains of this former graffiti mecca are some pesky tags, including the epic NEKST on the Bowery facade.

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As previously reported, Aby Rosen firm RFR Realty is the current owner of 190 Bowery and is trying his darndest to flip the property. Even taking out a full page ad in the Post last week pimping the asset. The developer purchased this crown jewel last September for $55 million. The transaction was a total windfall for former photographer-owner Jay Maisel, who netted a 500-fold return on his initial investment of $102,000 in 1966.

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Developers’ wet dream of 190 Bowery, Photo: Massey Knakal

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