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Aby Rosen’s RFR Realty marketing mysterious 190 Bowery

Six-story landmarked building has long been occupied by photographer Jay Maisel's family
August 06, 2014 03:50PM

One of the city’s weirdest real estate curiosities appears to be on the market.

Photographer Jay Maisel and his family have occupied the entirety of a graffiti-covered, six-story building at 190 Bowery for much of the last few decades. But the property recently popped up on RFR Realty’s website, Crain’s reports. The 37,000-square-foot building is apparently still owned by Maisel, and neither party is talking, according to the news site.

However, RFR is marketing the building on its website as ideal for a single, full-building tenant or multi-level retail tenant on the first and second floors.

Maisel purchased the former bank in 1966 for $102,000, according to city records cited by Crain’s. In 2008, real estate experts put the value of the landmarked Beaux-Arts building at $50 million. [Crain’s]Tom DiChristopher

  • NY Real Estate Novice – not

    Aby Rodent is “one the city’s weirdest real estate curiosities”. Who really gives a sh* t about this flamer? The self-absorbed NY real estate community is so juvenile, lacking any perspective that people like this fraud will crash and burn once this stupidly overheated market goes through the usual cycle. Aby Rodent will “just be shocked, shocked!” – and he’s just one of this cycle’s crop of debt-fueled stooges. East Hampton? Art collector? Joke.

  • ProudOfAby

    Aby Rosen has proven himself time and time again. He almost singlehandly introduced art into commercial real esate. The Rudins, Fishers, and Macklowes came nowehere close. He has created new landmarks and saved old ones like seagrams and lever. Aby is entitled to wear what he wants. I -for one- am grateful that he has worked in New York. Nasty comments about him come from jealousy not genuine criticism. I wish more people were like Aby.