Take just five minutes to read this story & spend the next five hours looking at the incredible detail in these pictures and then take some time to research Jay Maisel. Marina really has captured some wonderful pictures & tells a great story. Take a look at her blog. You will not be disappointed.

Marina Chetner

A Lower East Side building has haunted me for a while. From under layers of graffiti, a Gilded Age stone design hints at a former glory; its elaborate iron fixtures are rusty and unkempt. Located on the corner of Spring Street, this building, Number 190 Bowery, is surrounded by restaurant supply shops, the New Museum, cafes, and restaurants.

Let me put it this way: In a city as densely populated as New York City, where space is prized, this is prime real estate. So how can such a gorgeous building stand seemingly empty?

I’m not the only one wondering. When I visited earlier this month to take photos of its street art, the homeless guys sitting nearby were asking me this question. I hadn’t a clue how to respond… and so, after a bit of research, I discovered the story behind it all.

This Bowery building was constructed in 1898…

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