Germania Bank Building Rooftop Exhaust System Signals Potential Restaurant Tenant at 190 Bowery

Posted on: December 4th, 2015 at 9:34 am by
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​New rooftop evidence at the Germania Bank Building on the Bowery has some neighbors speculating that some sort of nightlife component might eventually open here.

While commercial businesses Trunk Archive and management firms CLM and Streeters already seized more than 30,000 square-feet inside the neighborhood landmark, the crown jewel retail level remains without. Over the summer, owner Aby Rosen boasted that he’s seeking some sort of “wow” tenant to occupy the ground level and/or cellar. That lucky entrant would need to cough up $2.2 million in monthly rent.

But now there are clues pointing to a potential future. Indeed, it would appear a restaurant is potentially in the offing. An eagle-eyed tipster alerts us to the presence of a kitchen exhaust fan atop 190 Bowery. A dead giveaway. Our source also notes the dual potential for nightlife action in the vault, as well.

Aby Rosen purchased the 1898 vintage Germania Bank Building – a city-designated landmark – for $55 million in September 2014. The structure is currently undergoing a top-to-bottom makeover, courtesy of architecture firms Higgins Quasebarth & Partners and MdeAS Architects. Plans call for restoration of metal gates, wooden doors, stained glass, and ADA-compliant entrance. The Spring Street entrance was already punched through, and new windows are being installed.

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