190 Bowery Opens Up Spring Street Entry, Begins Installing New Windows

Posted on: November 19th, 2015 at 5:06 am by
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Tons of activity over the last couple months at the Germania Bank Building on the Bowery. In a short period, we saw the arrival of sidewalk sheds, COST-like leasing banners, debris chute, and boards in the windows. A security detachment, meanwhile, keeps control of the premises to ward off photographers and bloggers (marginally successful, though).

The flurry of renovation activity is related to the building modifications approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission back in May. Developer-owner Aby Rosen is upgrading his crown jewel. As previously reported, architecture firm Higgins Quasebarth & Partners joined MdeAS Architects to implement the makeover project, which calls for restoration of metal gates, wooden doors, stained glass, and ADA-compliant entrance.

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The most visible reconstruction is the “Spring Street entry.” Plans called for punching through one of the arched windows to create an ADA-compliant doorway. That knockdown and subsequent drilling happened not too long ago. It’s the first major exterior change to the building in decades. Here’s a quick, slightly dated look…

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And then there is the recent delivery of new windows. While plywood boards still occupies most of the housings at 190 Bowery, installation of the first few glass panes just began this week with the upper levels.

Aby Rosen purchased the 1898 vintage Germania Bank Building – a city-designated landmark – for $55 million in September 2014. It was reported last June that Rosen gave the Maisel family (previous owners) 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, though.

Renting the retail space will run you approximately $2.2 million, FYI.

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190 Bowery side entrance rendering

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