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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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Germania Bank Building Shows off New Windows on the Bowery

Posted February 11, 2016 at 5:19 am

​The Germania Bank Building is another leap closer to its sanitized vision. Most of the progress at 190 Bowery is hidden behind construction materials. Until this week, when half its scaffolding was carted away. It took some three months, but all the replacement window glass is now in place. Down on street level – the Spring […]

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Win a Free Roll of GILF’s ‘Gentrification in Progress’ Tape [CONTEST]

Posted December 17, 2015 at 12:22 pm

​Street artist GILF has a hit on her hands with those rolls of “Gentrification in Progress” tape. The caution tape commentary periodically appears in places that are threatened by the onslaught of greed. For example, ribboning the Germania Bank Building on the Bowery and Pearl Paint on Canal Street after its demise.. As previously reported, […]

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Germania Bank Building Rooftop Exhaust System Signals Potential Restaurant Tenant at 190 Bowery

Posted December 4, 2015 at 9:34 am

​New rooftop evidence at the Germania Bank Building on the Bowery has some neighbors speculating that some sort of nightlife component might eventually open here. While commercial businesses Trunk Archive and management firms CLM and Streeters already seized more than 30,000 square-feet inside the neighborhood landmark, the crown jewel retail level remains without. Over the summer, owner Aby […]

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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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