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Spring and Bowery- Jay Maisel’s House

This corner building on Spring and Bowery is sometimes shrouded in mystery. The exterior is a major street art target (going way back to the days of Keith Haring to present times), which was inspiration for Wooster Collective’s 111 Spring Street exhibition down the block. Homeless people constantly camp out on the porch. The building looks otherwise abandoned. But the truth is, advertising photographer Jay Maisel (not the Grey Gardens filmmakers- thats Maysles), his wife, and daughter are the only occupants of the building’s 72 rooms. Also, Roy Lichtenstein used to rent out the 4th floor!

Built back in 1898, the site was originally the Germania Bank Building. The Beaux-Arts mansion is 35,000 square feet over the 6 floors, and was purchased in 1966 for $102,000.

Recently, the area has undergone extreme change The Bowery had always been a rough and seedy spot, formerly home of CBGB’s, (still) home to the Bowery Mission, panhandlers, hookers, and industrial storefronts. The Bowery Hotel and The New Museum changed all that, turning the area into a mix of high end venues, and kitchen supply stores. It is totally ironic, to have one of the most exclusive hotels and restaurants within a block of the Bowery Mission Homeless Shelter.

Who: Jay Maisel

What: Artist Residence and street art spot

Where: 190 Bowery

2 Responses to “Spring and Bowery- Jay Maisel’s House”
  1. Lydia says:

    This area is totally becoming the next Chelsea. Orchard is full of up-and-coming art galleries, and the New Museum and Sperone Westwater have pretty much set the tone for what’s to come.

  2. Spring and Bowery- Jay Maisel’s House: This corner building on Spring and Bowery is sometimes shrouded in myster…

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