30 Aug 2010 - 9:20 am

I just stumbled on this old article from New York Mag about this dreamy building located at 190 Bowery, and it’s funny because we were just talking about this building the other day. A staple of the downtown New York landscape, with it’s walls full of graffiti and posters, the six-story, 72-room, 35,000-square-foot building was bought by photographer Jay Maisel in 1966 for only $102,000 (which was a lot for that time), but see what is worth now !

The building was the abandoned Germania Bank, built in 1898.

As of 2005, 190 Bowery became an official landmark. Maisel says. “If you have a window that needs fixing, you fix it. If I have a window that is broken, I have to repair it, with approval, the way it was done in 1898.”

The original safe-deposit vault, still in the basement, is the size of a generous studio apartment; the marks on the main floor where the teller booths once stood are still clearly visible.

See all sideshow below:

For Info and booking the place contact the 190 Bowery here

Pictures by Leigh Davis

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