Aby Rosen Installs Anti-Trump Message on Peace Pentagon Development Site

Posted on: August 9th, 2016 at 5:08 am by
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Aby Rosen was making news even before last night’s rooftop fire at the Germania Bank Building.

The Peace Pentagon is almost completely boxed, vanished behind a four-story plywood shell. But with a message from the nascent owner. Taped to the green facade is, “Vote your conscience,” a dig at Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency. Those were the words uttered by Ted Cruz in his refusal to back the Donald at the Republican National Convention.

(Of course, the lettering is flanked by the requisite leasing info for future retail availability.)

Behind the anti-Trump sentiments, however, is a building awaiting certain demise. Construction workers spent the last three weeks assembling the massive green box. Within its walls, 339 Lafayette Street will most likely be dismantled and replaced with something more becoming the upper crust NoHo neighborhood.

However, permits on file with the Department of Buildings appear contradictory, only showing that “emergency structural repairs” are afoot.

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As previously reported, the A.J. Muste Institute sold the building to real estate baron Aby Rosen for $20.75 million in October. It owned the icon since 1974. The cobbling of boutique retailers on the ground level – whose rents helped sustain the Institute and its anti-war compatriots – all departed shortly thereafter. The rag-tag collection of progressive organizations that formerly operated here have since relocated to 168 Canal Street.

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