Down at 190 Bowery, Aby Rosen Says Stay off My Lawn

Posted on: September 2nd, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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Stooping is no longer welcome on the doorstep of the recently-cleansed 190 Bowery, the Germania Bank Building. Not under the ownership of Aby Rosen. Before a fire consumed a portion of the roof and its crowning copper cheneau, this hand-painted sign appeared at the front door. “Don’t sit down on the stairs,” the sign pointedly reads.

Makes sense. A new store – or, most likely, a restaurant – will eventually open in this commercial space, and that kind of behavior can’t be tolerated.

Before Aby Rosen of RFR Realty purchased the Bowery bank building in 2014 for $55 million, this perch was a favorite for locals and homeless alike to catch a breath or read the newspaper. Previous owner Jay Maisel and his interns never seemed to chase people away. Not anymore.

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