Scaffolding Goes Up at 190 Bowery for ‘Alterations’

Posted on: July 17th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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The Germania Bank Building will be obstructed for the duration.

Ever since Aby Rosen (aka RFR Realty) pissed off the neighborhood with an exclusive Vito Schnabel gallery show at 190 Bowery, contractors have been busy re-renovating the ground level and prying debris from the walls. The gargantuan space – composed of 72 rooms across six floors – is currently undergoing a conversion to commercial use.

Meanwhile, scaffolding supports were installed outside the Beaux Arts beauty yesterday. The corresponding permit on file with the Department of Buildings, approved on Wednesday, indicates that the “heavy duty shed” will occupy “168 linear feet” of the sidewalk during the renovation period.

The last time scaffolding was seen attached to 190 Bowery was probably in 2007 when its neighbor to the north was razed for luxury condos.

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Condos are no longer in the picture, though. As previously reported, a consortium of fashion agencies and photo archives recently signed an eleven-year lease for 30,000 square-feet. Image licensing company Trunk Archive, and management firms CLM and Streeters are also part of the deal.

To accommodate this new zoning, Aby Rosen also applied to DOB for a “change of use to retail and offices.”

Rosen purchased the 1898 vintage Germania Bank Building – a city-designated landmark – for $55 million last fall from photographer Jay Maisel and family.

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