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Street Artist GILF is Now Selling ‘Gentrification in Progress’ Tape

Posted November 23, 2015 at 5:12 am

​It was only inevitable. Due to popular demand, Bushwick-based street artist GILF (aka Ann Lewis) is making one of her more high-profile creations available for purchase. Starting today, anyone with $60 in their pocket can pick up a roll of “Gentrification in Progress” tape. It’s a move that will certainly enable all the guerrilla activists […]

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190 Bowery Opens Up Spring Street Entry, Begins Installing New Windows

Posted November 19, 2015 at 5:06 am

Tons of activity over the last couple months at the Germania Bank Building on the Bowery. In a short period, we saw the arrival of sidewalk sheds, COST-like leasing banners, debris chute, and boards in the windows. A security detachment, meanwhile, keeps control of the premises to ward off photographers and bloggers (marginally successful, though). […]

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Still Under Renovation, Retail at 190 Bowery is Going for $2.2M

Last modified August 21, 2015 at 10:43 am

Developer Aby Rosen (aka RFR Realty) is polishing his new Bowery gem. As we speak, both interior and exterior modifications are afoot at 190 Bowery. Hence, the corner-hogging sidewalk bridge and plywood fencing ringing the perimeter. Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the job back in May. As previously reported, architecture firm Higgins Quasebarth & Partners joined […]

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Scaffolding Goes Up at 190 Bowery for ‘Alterations’

Posted July 17, 2015 at 5:00 am

The Germania Bank Building will be obstructed for the duration. Ever since Aby Rosen (aka RFR Realty) pissed off the neighborhood with an exclusive Vito Schnabel gallery show at 190 Bowery, contractors have been busy re-renovating the ground level and prying debris from the walls. The gargantuan space – composed of 72 rooms across six […]

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Street Artist GILF Notes the “Gentrification in Progress” at 190 Bowery

Posted May 26, 2015 at 5:08 am

Street artist GILF returned to the Lower East Side in the overnight hours to provide some illicit commentary to the iconic Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery. For a brief period, the staircase was condoned off with her token “Gentrification in Progress” tape. Her goal with the exhibition is a discussion of the “rising rent […]

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Real Estate Mogul Aby Rosen Aborts Public Showing of Vito Schnabel at 190 Bowery

Last modified May 26, 2015 at 3:32 am

Real estate mogul Aby Rosen certainly pulled a fast one. You didn’t seriously think the elitist new owner of the Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery would let us plebs inside for the Vito Schnabel art show, did you? The demographic of Bowery 2.0 and the gold rush mentality doesn’t permit it. There had been […]

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Here’s Your First (and Probably Last) Chance to Tour 190 Bowery

Posted May 14, 2015 at 5:12 am

This Saturday, for the first time in nearly fifty years, the Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery will open up to the public at large. We had been hearing chatter for the last week that some sort of “temporary art gallery” would be taking the ground floor. A small detachment of workers has been renovating […]

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LPC Approves Modifications to Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery; Graffiti Layer Will Stay

Posted May 6, 2015 at 5:17 am

The Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery is heading full throttle into the next stage of its lifespan. Over six months after Aby Rosen (aka RFR Realty) purchased the 1898-vintage landmark for $55 million, plans for exterior modifications and reversion to commercial zoning met enthusiastic approval from both Community Board 2 (last month) and the Landmarks […]

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Germania Bank Building on the Bowery Scores Its First Tenants

Posted April 20, 2015 at 8:35 am

It was only last month that photographer Jay Maisel moved his family out of the building they called home for decades (acquired in 1966 for $102,000). Now, the 1898 Germania Bank Building at 190 Bowery – purchased by Aby Rosen last fall for a staggering $55 Million – has its first tenant. According to the Wall […]

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It’s Official: 190 Bowery Now Sports Retail Leasing Banners

Posted March 20, 2015 at 5:11 am

To the victor go the spoils. Real estate mogul Aby Rosen is putting lots of oomph behind marketing his new $55 million trophy acquisition on the Bowery. Even while the six-story, 72-room Germania Bank Building sits on the open market, the RFR Realty overlords continue to pimp the ground level as a “prime retail corner.” […]

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