Aby Rosen

The Fire Damage to the Germania Bank Building Rooftop on the Bowery [PHOTOS]

Posted August 10, 2016 at 5:13 am

The Germania Bank Building on the Bowery is licking its wounds this week after a rooftop fire sparked Monday evening. Cause of the blaze is not yet known, but several tipsters indicated hearing an explosion followed by a cacophony of sirens (possible propane tank?). Luckily, no one was injured, and damage to the building at […]

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

Posted August 9, 2016 at 5:08 am

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 […]

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Noho’s ‘Peace Pentagon’ Boxed up, Ready for Demolition

Posted July 22, 2016 at 5:00 am

Noho’s activist spirit is dead. Gone by way of luxury. The Peace Pentagon is about to follow. Demolition is nigh. Its longtime sidewalk bridge, a mainstay for several years, was deposed this week, yet quickly replaced. The borderline-unstable property is being boxed up in plywood as we speak. As previously reported, the A.J. Muste Institute […]

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Overnight Patrol Polices 190 Bowery During its Full Graffiti Cleanse

Posted July 19, 2016 at 5:10 am

This guy is gonna deter vandals from tagging up the facade of 190 Bowery. Team Aby Rosen tapped a lone security guard to work the graveyard shift in an effort to ensure that no one vandalizes the building while it gets a power wash. He sits in an office chair during the watch. Good thing […]

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The Wholesale Whitewashing of 190 Bowery Continues this Week

Posted July 6, 2016 at 5:15 am

The Germania Bank Building on the Bowery is now one week into its big hose-down. Current owner Aby Rosen (aka RFR Realty) began the graffiti removal around this time last week, and brought out the big guns for the task. Not just those eraser panels, but a cherry picker for the pesky hard-to-reach tags five stories […]

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First Look at a Graffiti-Cleansed Germania Bank Building on the Bowery

Posted July 2, 2016 at 9:02 am

Let the erasure begin. After months of threats, real estate mogul Aby Rosen finally decided to erase the graffiti from 190 Bowery, the 1898-vintage Germania Bank Building. There had been several prior instances during which removal methods were tested, yet no concrete action until now. The graffiti removal was expected; rumors abounded that it would happen […]

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Peace Pentagon Activist Offices Relocate to Chinatown Following $20.75M Sale

Posted May 9, 2016 at 9:23 am

The storied Peace Pentagon of 339 Lafayette Street is finally liquidated. The spirit of the resistance is leaving the neighborhood, with luxury to take its place (naturally). As previously reported, the A.J. Muste Institute sold the borderline-unstable building to real estate baron Aby Rosen for $20.75 million in October. It owned the icon since 1974. […]

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NEKST Loyalist ‘Fixes’ Erased Tag on 190 Bowery 

Posted April 20, 2016 at 10:22 am

The Germania Bank Building is undergoing commercial conversion and its longstanding sheath of graffiti and street art is threatened. For the last several weeks, owner RFR Realty (Aby Rosen) has been testing erasure methods to potentially sanitize 190 Bowery. Power-washing and fancy removal panels. This resulted in the desecration two weeks ago of the NEKST […]

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NEKST’s Bowery Tag on Germania Bank Building Gets Buffed After More Than a Decade

Posted April 4, 2016 at 5:17 am

NEKST is next; now in the crosshairs of Aby Rosen (of RFR Realty). The piecemeal removal of graffiti layering from the iconic Germania Bank Building on the building continues this week. Probably the most recognizable of the tags is getting buffed. So long, NEKST. The stand-out lettering ruled the Bowery facade (relatively) untouched for over a […]

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Graffiti Removal is Happening Right Now at the Germania Bank Building on the Bowery

Posted March 23, 2016 at 5:00 am

You can dispense with any further speculation. For the revamped 1898-vintage Germania Bank Building, the now-iconic graffiti wrapping apparently wasn’t part of the end game. Just a day after stained glass windows were unveiled at 190 Bowery, an eagle-eyed tipster spotted a contractor power washing the stone facade. Wiping away the layers of graffiti caked onto its exterior […]

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