Germania Bank Graffiti Scrub Nearly Complete on the Bowery [PHOTOS]

Posted on: August 25th, 2016 at 5:17 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

So, that’s the natural color of the Germania Bank Building. The month-long effort to blast away decades of soot-stained grit and graffiti from the 1898 facade is nearly complete. Onsite activity seems to be winding down.

Since the beginning of July, men in jumpsuits have been cleaning the exterior on a daily basis, either by sky-high power washing with mobile lift or, more simply, via those sticky graffiti removal panels. Not even the rooftop fire two weeks ago, which damaged some of the iconic copper cheneau, could sideline the deep cleanse, as workers were back at it the next morning.

This image has been archived or removed.

The million-dollar question is whether taggers and artists will continue marking the property in kind. Especially since newbie owner Aby Rosen is playing favorites by allowing the NEKST tag to remain intact. Or whether 190 Bowery will go the way of the so-called Candle Building on its backside, and stay polished.

Aby Rosen purchased the Germania Bank Building from photographer Jay Maisel two years ago for $55 million. The Great Bowery – a consortium of creative agencies – is currently the only commercial occupant in the building. The ground floor remains a vacancy.

This gallery has been removed.

Recent Stories

Photographer Captures Three Years Passing by the Former Essex Market

As the former Essex Street Market buildings continue to devolve into decrepitude, out come the artists, taggers, and the like. Commenting on the “fast transition” of the Lower East Side and its residents, photographer Kristofer Dan-Bergman over the weekend pasted a series of posters at 120 Essex Street. The project is called “LESWall(k),” with each […]

Cafe Skye Joins Clinton Street Dining Scene

The windmill stopped, but the sky is here. Rather, Skye. The new cafe recently opened in the narrow storefront at 43 Clinton Street, which previously housed Windmill, the sister location of Le French Diner. Originally from the Atlanta area, Skye Cafe owner Cameron Bean “hopes to blend the warm qualities of southern hospitality with the […]

Queens Man Arrested in Connection with Stabbing Death of Grubhub Delivery Worker on LES

Police announced Friday night the arrest of the suspect wanted in connection with the murder of a Grubhub deliveryman last week. Joseph Sandoval, 23, from Jamaica, Queens, was collared Thursday and charged with one count of murder in the stabbing death of Sala Miah. As reported, Miah had taken a post-shift break in Sara D. […]

NYPD Sergeant Injured as High Motorcyle Driver Rams Through Delancey Street Checkpoint

An evasive motorcycle driver, allegedly high on drugs, was arrested Saturday night after striking a female police officer on Delancey Street. The accident transpired at about 10:00pm at a checkpoint in the intersection of Suffolk Street by the Williamsburg Bridge. Police said the officer, a sergeant, attempted to stop the motorcycle while coming off the […]

Lower East Side Residents Sue the City to Stop Outdoor Dining Sheds

A group of New York City residents filed a lawsuit last week attempting to block the Open Restaurants program, initiated during the pandemic, from becoming permanent. The 22 claimants cite quality-of-life concerns with the clogged streetscapes, and allegations that the Department of Transportation – the agency responsible for the street shanties – mishandled its review […]