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Uncapped: The Great Debate of Street Art vs. Graffiti [INTERVIEW]

Last modified May 16, 2018 at 2:13 pm

BBU’ers. How’s it going? Figured it was time for a debate with someone other than myself on the topic of Street Art vs. Graffiti. When the most prolific train-era bombers and wall-writers are boothing it up at art fairs or stacking Gs in galleries, is graffiti dead? I had to know. So, I gathered a […]

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Photographer Jay Maisel Opens up About Living in the 72-Room Bank on the Bowery

Posted May 15, 2018 at 5:03 am

Jay Maisel, the photographer who owned the Germania Bank Building for fifty years, recently opened up about his time on the Bowery. This on the heels of unveiling a website of his photo archive. City Realty’s 6sqft blog sat down to interview the 87-year-old man, who discussed his history with the 72-room Bowery gem. Everything […]

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‘Plant Shed’ Puts Down Roots on the Bowery

Posted May 15, 2018 at 5:02 am

Another pop-up-to-permanent situation is happening at the northwest corner of Prince Street and the Bowery. Much like Tokyobike before it, the Plant Shed just took the space. What began as a temporary Mother’s Day venture for the family-owned, Upper West Side business will soon blossom to full time. This second location is to include a complementary […]

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In Twitter Spat, Assemblywoman Niou Tells off Airbnb Over Rising Rents and Displacement

Posted May 8, 2018 at 5:00 am

It was a moment to sit back and grab popcorn. Savage. Watching in real time as New York Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou (65th District) took Airbnb to task. Openly on Twitter. Media reports over the last week have publicized City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s controversial study showing a direct relationship between Airbnb influx and rising rents around […]

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190 Bowery’s Jay Maisel Launches Archival Photo Website

Posted May 3, 2018 at 5:03 am

Photographer Jay Maisel parted with the graffiti-sheathed Germania Bank Building on the Bowery over three years ago. The $55 million sale was no doubt a cash windfall, and often regarded as one of the biggest coups in area real estate, with Maisel having “only” paid $102,000 back in 1966. Since unloading the 72-room palace to […]

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Bowery Restaurant Supply Building Hits the Market for $21.5M

Posted April 30, 2018 at 5:00 am

Another Bowery building is up for grabs, awaiting certain demolition and redevelopment. The three-story commercial warehouse at 180 Bowery – currently home to Daroma Restaurant Equipment – just hit the market last week as a “development/conversion” opportunity for real estate speculators. Price sought for the property is listed at $21.5 million, double the amount paid […]

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After Chinatown Protests, ‘Dogman’ Sculpture Headed to Foley Square

Posted April 26, 2018 at 5:06 am

The so-called “Dogman” fled Kimlau Square with the proverbial tail between its legs. When the Lunar Year of the Dog arrived back in February, controversy reached Chinatown with the proposed placement of a 900-pound anthropomorphic canine statue in a suit holding a red apple. Australian artists Gillie and Marc Shattner titled this seated, good-luck hound, […]

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MoMA Files Lawsuit Against New Bowery Matcha Cafe ‘MoMaCha’

Posted April 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

With a name like MoMaCha, the new Bowery cafe was simply a lawsuit waiting to happen. And, not too surprisingly, it did. The Museum of Modern Art – popularly abbreviated as MoMA – sued the new Lower East Side business this week. It filed a complaint in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, accusing MoMaCha of […]

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Shinsen Brings Sushi to the ‘Neglected Souls of the Bowery’

Posted April 16, 2018 at 5:03 am

Call it another halo effect. With the Hotel 50 Bowery hitting stride, a string of symbiotic restaurant businesses are springing up. Shinsen is the latest to join the party. Sandwiched between the new Bake Culture coffee shop and Eddie Huang’s forthcoming Baohaus reboot, this narrow eatery offers sushi, sake, and matcha “for the neglected souls […]

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Congresswoman Velázquez Calls on DA to Investigate 85 Bowery

Posted April 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

When workers hired by landlord Joseph Betesh (aka 8385 Bowery, LLC) last Wednesday cleared out 85 Bowery, and discarded personal items belonging to its displaced tenants, the disposal immediately touched off a firestorm of animosity on both sides. Outcry continues apace, snowballing into a larger story, with politicians now swarming the scene. To recap: Betesh, […]

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