Still Under Renovation, Retail at 190 Bowery is Going for $2.2M

Posted on: August 21st, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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Developer Aby Rosen (aka RFR Realty) is polishing his new Bowery gem. As we speak, both interior and exterior modifications are afoot at 190 Bowery. Hence, the corner-hogging sidewalk bridge and plywood fencing ringing the perimeter.

Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the job back in May. As previously reported, architecture firm Higgins Quasebarth & Partners joined MdeAS Architects to impart the makeover project, which calls for restoration of metal gates, wooden doors, stained glass, and ADA-compliant entrance. However, the healthy sheath of graffiti will likely remain intact. Here is a rendering.

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Occupancy is still variable.

While 30,000 square-feet of space inside the Beaux-Arts beauty is already accounted for (i.e. a consortium of fashion agencies and photo archives that signed an eleven-year lease), the retail unit is still up for grabs. According to an article in the June issue of The New Yorker, Rosen seeks a “‘wow’ retail partner” for the lobby. Lord knows what that means as far as tenancy, but it reportedly equates to $2.2 million in rent.

To that end, angled leasing signage was recently plastered across the fresh scaffolding.

Aby Rosen purchased the 1898 vintage Germania Bank Building – a city-designated landmark – for $55 million in September 2014.

Rosen reportedly gave the Maisel family six months to “find a new home.” After the ejection, he notes that Maisel left behind a trove of junk, including five thousand screwdrivers (“all lined up”) and issues of Penthouse, Hustler, and Playboy catalogued from 1956 to 1982. The photographer denied those claims.

“It took three weeks, round the clock, to clear,” one of Rosen’s henchman told the publication.

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