If you've ever walked down the Bowery, you've probably been curious about the old graffiti covered bank building on the corner of Spring.  Like most things in NYC, it's being converted into condominiums. (Keep an eye on our New Development Rundown).  If you've ever been curious to step inside, now is your chance.  Developer Aby Rosen and Vito Schnabel are hosting an art show at the grand former Germania Bank, opening May 16th.  This will be the first time the doors have been open to the public in nearly five decades.  Don't miss out on a chance to see this slice of classic New York.

Vito Schnabel is pleased to announce the opening of First Show / Last Show, a group exhibition at 190 Bowery on May 16, 2015. Featured artists include Joe Bradley, Dan Colen, Jeff Elrod, Ron Gorchov, Mark Grotjahn, Harmony Korine, and Julian Schnabel. “The artists included in First Show / Last Show are seven of my favorite painters. I have had the privilege of living with some of their works and have long wanted to show them together. There are very few artists whose work immediately conveys its significance, like each of these seven. They represent three generations of great American contemporary art, ranging in age from 35 to 85. I grew up in New York City, walking by the former Germania Bank countless times. I always wanted to go inside, thinking it might be a perfect place for an exhibition. This is the first time this 1899 landmark building will be open to the public since the bank closed in 1966 and it became a private residence. I am most grateful to Aby Rosen for letting me use this space and for his continued support. I’d also like to thank the artists, all of whom I am honored to be able to work with. Joe, Dan, Jeff, Ron, Mark, Harmony, and Julian—thank you.”

Photo Courtesy of Nathan Kensinger / Curbed.