Photo: Leigh Davis
Somebody posted the photo of the infamous graffiti-covered-but-not-abandoned building at 190 Bowery and it got me thinking again about the people who live inside. I remembered reading an article about the building that so many people think is abandoned because of it’s exterior. I found the article over at New York Magazine which describes the building as a 72-room mansion owned wholly by photographer Jay Maisel.
The building was originally erected as a bank and still has the safe-deposit vault intact in the basement. By description, the interior really does sound like a dream home. Unfortunately for the rest of us, no part of the building is for sale and the only space up for grabs is a portion of the first floor which you can rent out (but seeing as it’s still not occupied, my guess is that the rent price is so ridiculously high that it’s just available as a formality so people would stop asking). But even if it was for sale, the structure is estimated to be in the millions of dollars — a great price considering the original purchase price by Jay Maisel of just $102,000. Crazy.
If you want to see more pictures, you can head on over to this post on Trendland.