The New Yorker Hangs With a Mega-Landlord

From Emma Allen, a peek Up Life's Ladder.

190BoweryIn short and sweet fashion, The New Yorker’s Emma Allen captures what it’s like to wallow in vast expanses of pricey art and pricey real estate.

When she caught up last week with Aby Rosen, the real estate magnate was “relaxed and graham-cracker golden after a week in St. Bart’s.” Although, when all is said and that tan gone, he remains “a walrusy white-haired fifty-five.”

Allen accompanied Rosen to one of RFR Holding LLC’s newest properties, the 1898 Beaux-Arts Germania Bank at 190 Bowery. The building was purchased last year from photographer Jay Maisel:

When they [the Maisels] turned over the keys, the building was still full of their junk: “Penthouse and Hustler and Playboy magazines magazines, everything catalogued, from 1956 to 1982,” Rosen said. “There were five thousand screwdrivers, all lined up.”

“It took three weeks, round the clock, to clear,” [security guard] Joe recalled. (Maisel denies leaving anything behind.)

Allen also got some colorful comments from Rosen about The New York Times’ recent coverage of his plans for the space in the Seagram Building that will soon be vacated by the Four Seasons restaurant. The paper, he suggested, made it sound “like World War III.
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