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

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 at 5:12 am by
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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 the first floor for at least a month. Now we know what that means. Flashy new owner Aby Rosen – real estate magnate and avid art collector – is opening his recently-acquired crown jewel for all to see as part of an exhibit with Vito Schnabel. For one night only, this Saturday.

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It’s aptly entitled, “First Show Last Show.” It’ll be your last chance to check out the 1898-vintage Germania Bank Building in its relative spartan state (i.e. pre-conversion).

Meanwhile, 190 Bowery is slated for other significant cosmetic changes, as reported last week. The Landmarks Preservation Commission – endorsed by Community Board 2 – approved the proposal that calls for restoration of metal gates, wooden doors, stained glass, and ADA-compliant entrance. However, the healthy sheath of graffiti will remain intact.

Aby Rosen (aka RFR Realty) purchased the 190 Bowery – a city-designated landmark – for $55 million last fall.

 

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