Ever since I moved to Rivington Street 25 years ago, I have been smitten by the mysterious graffiti-covered mansion at 190 Bowery. All I knew was that Jay Maisel, a photographer, lived there with his wife and daughter and that he had purchased the 37,000SF former Germania Bank Building for $102,000 in 1966. After living and working there for almost 50 years, he recently sold the landmarked building to Aby Rosen for $55 million – a deal described as one of the “greatest returns on investment” in NYC real estate history. Go Jay!!
Shortly after the sale, the windows were uncovered for the first time which piqued my curiosity even more. Vito Schnabel arranged a one-night only art show in the space a few weeks ago which turned into a bit of a fiasco when hundreds of people showed up only to find out it was an invite-only event. However, this week the show is available for viewing by appointment – and I got to check it out.
See below for more pictures and for a great video of the building interiors that I recently found on youtube – just amazing if you love old buildings.