Fashion Retailer Totokaelo Leases 190 Bowery Space As Pop-Up

190 Bowery., 2015.

190 Bowery., 2015.

Aby Rosen’s RFR Realty has finally found a tenant, even if it is a temporary one, for the ground floor of 190 Bowery, the former Germania Bank Building.

According to the New York Post, the fashion retailer Totokaelo is taking a nearly 9,000 square foot space as a pop-up location until March of next year.  Totokaelo was founded in Seattle in 2008 and is part of  Vancouver-based Herschel Capital Corp. It has a permanent store on Crosby Street. An executive at RFR realty, Jordan Claffey, said, “I’m optimistic that this short-term agreement will turn into a long-term one.”

The asking rent for the retail space, which covers the ground floor, mezzanine and basement, was $2 million a year.

Rosen purchased 190 Bowery for $55 million in 2014 from famed photographer Jay Maisel. The upper floors of the landmark-protected and formerly graffiti-adorned building are occupied by Great Bowery, a collection of various creative agencies.


Fire on Roof of 190 Bowery Extinguished Tonight

A fire broke out earlier this evening at 190 Bowery, the former Germania Bank Building.

Witnesses heard an explosion around 7:30 p.m. before flames began shooting from the roof of the 1898 city landmark. Firefighters responded quickly and extinguished the flames in about an hour. There were no injuries.

190 Bowery is owned by Aby Rosen of RFR Realty. He purchased it in 2015 from longtime owner Jay Maisel for $55 million. The property has been undergoing an extensive renovation.

Social media is filled tonight with photos and video from the fire.


Good Morning!

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Lower East Side Links

- Two “Manhattan millennials” plan to protest an annual Chinese dog eating festival held in China’s southern Yulin province by bringing nearly a dozen dogs to Chinatown today and plastering the area with purple anti-animal abuse ribbons.  [NYPost]

– In Sarah Larson’s review of the controversial Hotel Indigo bar, Mr. Purple, she says, “If you go, raise a glass of decent whiskey to another local icon: the Luna Lounge, the shabby and wonderful bar, formerly at this location, that doesn’t live here anymore.” Also, the drinks are pricey and mediocre. [NewYorker]

– The NY State Assembly passed a pension forfeiture measure (again) that will strip the pensions of any lawmaker convicted of a felony related to their public office. The measure gained traction after last year’s convictions of Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos. [timesunion]

– Owner Aby Rosen will have all the graffiti scrubbed of the Germania Bank Builiding (190 Bowery) this weekend, except for one longstanding piece by NEKST, a graffiti artist who died several years ago. [MassAppeal]

– Angry Community Board members want a better proposal for the new building slated for the former Peter Stuyvesant Post Office on 14th Street. Developers “are lobbying to receive a zoning variance for a 12-story building — four more than the area’s zoning allows.” [EVGrieve]

– City Comptroller Scott Stringer looks to be getting serious about running against Mayor Bill de Blasio in next year’s primary. [NYMag]

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