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New Film Explores Jay Maisel’s Move from Graffiti Icon 190 Bowery

Posted August 1, 2019 at 5:10 am

The Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery remains one of the most iconic on the Lower East Side. Largely due to its former life as personal mansion to photographer Jay Maisel, who had purchased the 72-room landmark in 1966 for $106,000. Now, a new film called Jay Myself details Maisel’s lifelong residency at 190 Bowery, […]

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Shepard Fairey Paints Portrait of Rosario Dawson on Water Tower Atop 190 Bowery

Posted July 31, 2019 at 5:06 am

The graffiti Mecca of the Lower East Side is further legitimized this week with the stroke of Shepard Fairey. The iconic street artist – currently celebrating thirty years of his Obey Giant brand – hit the rooftop of 190 Bowery to (legally) install his latest piece. Dubbed “Power & Equality,” the water tower paint job […]

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‘Supreme’ Takes Over Germania Bank Building on the Bowery

Posted February 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

Supreme is now slinging skate fashion on the Bowery. The popular urban brand is temporarily holed up at the Germania Bank Building while its Lafayette Street flagship is upgraded. The move transpired within the last couple weeks, but the store officially reopens on the Bowery today. Supreme announced the news on its Instagram feed yesterday […]

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Skatewear Brand ‘Supreme’ Heads to 190 Bowery

Posted October 3, 2018 at 5:00 am

Supreme is reportedly coming to the Lower East Side, albeit on a temporary basis. The pioneering skatewear brand is apparently negotiating a lease for retail space at the Germania Bank Building on the Bowery. Per Crain’s Business, which first reported the news yesterday, the lease would be temporary while the twenty-four-year-old Lafayette Street headquarters undergoes […]

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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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KITH Launches its 3-Story Emporium on Lafayette Street Tomorrow

Posted October 5, 2017 at 9:31 am

The three-story KITH emporium debuts at 337 Lafayette Street tomorrow. Contractors and employees alike were hustling yesterday to put the finishing touches on the new location. Both the Bleecker Street boutique and the Nike collaboration catty-corner on Broadway shuttered this week ahead of the new location. Tomorrow’s launch will likely be the place to be seen, […]

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190 Bowery Scores ‘Jumbo Pop-Up’ Tenant with Totokaelo Emporium

Last modified July 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

The Germania Bank Building on the Bowery finally scored a ground-floor retail occupant, albeit on a temporary basis. Owner Aby Rosen signed a lease with fashion emporium Totokaelo to take 8,918 square-feet. It won’t be here for long, though, with a stated expiration of March 2018, according to the New York Post. “I’m optimistic that this short-term […]

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Behold, the Peace Pentagon’s Transformation for Rumored Nike-KITH Sneaker Emporium

Posted May 10, 2017 at 5:02 am

The so-called Peace Pentagon, no longer a bastion of activist enterprise, was spared the wrecking ball and reborn as a capitalist endeavor. Gone is the four-story plywood encasement that protected the structure since July of last year. Workers peeled away the hulking appendage earlier this week to reveal what’s been going on here during the […]

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

Posted September 2, 2016 at 5:00 am

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. […]

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

Posted August 25, 2016 at 5:17 am

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 […]

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