When you've been holding on to one of the last landmarked remnants of old Bowery for nearly five decades, you're bound to make some sweet, sweet cash when you finally sell it. Photographer Jay Maisel had been living in the massive 190 Bowery building, formerly Germania Bank, since 1966, before putting it on the market earlier this year—he came out of it with $55 million. (Maisel had bought it in 1966 for $102,000.) He's now taken $15.5 million of that and purchased the most expensive townhouse in Brooklyn. The NY Times reports on that (and what other wealthy people did with their money recently):
"An enormous brick townhouse in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, suitable as both home and studio with its voluminous rooms, soaring ceilings and built-in four-car garage, sold to the photographer Jay Maisel for $15.5 million, according to city records, breaking the record for the highest price ever paid for a single residence in the borough."
The townhouse is at 177 Pacific Street and includes 6 bedrooms, 9 baths, 4 interior parking spots, an indoor 20 person movie theater, a gym, children's play room, bar, wine cellar, a kitchen with a 15' island, a 2600 square foot roof garden with a stream and outdoor kitchen, and an elevator to take you to every level. A ROOF STREAM, what will the rich think of next?
According to the listing, the property was being renovated at the time it was on the market, so no photos were available (except for the one you see above). That's probably for the best.
As for 190 Bowery, the new owner, Aby Rosen, was recently the subject of an entertaining New Yorker "Talk of the Town" profile, which gets into the transition of the Maisels out of the building:
Rosen, a walrusy white-haired fifty-five, greeted Joe, then turned to a visitor and described the ejection of the Maisels. After the sale, he said, with a German accent, “we gave them six months to find a new home.” When they turned over the keys, the building was still full of their junk: “Penthouse and Hustler and Playboy magazines, everything catalogued, from 1956 to 1982,” Rosen said. “There were five thousand screwdrivers, all lined up.”
Maisel denied it all.