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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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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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Breaking: The Germania Bank Building on the Bowery is on Fire [PHOTOS]

Last modified August 8, 2016 at 8:44 pm

Reports are coming in that the rooftop of the Germania Bank Building – a designated city landmark – is on fire. A dispatch of firefighters raced to the scene a short time ago and scaled the roof to extinguish the flames. More as it becomes available. Aby Rosen is now the rightful owner of this […]

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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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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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Germania Bank Building Boasts New Stained Glass Windows on the Bowery

Posted March 22, 2016 at 5:10 am

Let’s check in with the multimillion-dollar rehabilitation of the Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery. This hulking property is the jewel in the crown of real estate magnate Aby Rosen, whose RFR Realty purchased the corner from artist Jay Maisel for $55 million almost two years ago. Several months into the makeover, the full slate […]

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