Abandoned building? Nope, actually only three people live in this building (and no, they are not squatters).
A few years ago, New York Magazine revealed that this graffiti-covered old bank on the Bowery (that we all probably thought was abandoned or filled with bums) is in fact a single-family-home. Yes, you read that correctly. Single-family home.
The old 30,000 square foot, bank was bought in 1966 for a mere $102,000 by photographer, Jay Maisel – who still occupies the now 72-room dream home with his wife and only daughter. Today, real-estate brokers estimate it’s worth at least $50 million.
New York Magazine was given a peek inside the Bohemian dream home, here are some of the incredible photos from the tour:
The Master Bathroom
Originally office space. Maisel designed it, putting down a plywood floor and installing a marble shower stall.
The Dining Room
The bankers had their meals here. It’s at one end of the open living room. The pressed-tin wall is original.
Maisel built the platforms so his daughter can look at the skyline while lying in bed.
The Maisel kitchen is on the site of the bank’s original kitchen, where staff cooked for the bankers.
The Maisels on the Roof
Linda has a small garden in one corner; this year, she grew tomatoes, basil, peppers, and parsley. The building’s copper trim is still intact.
The Fifth Floor
The plastic tubing runs along the ceiling and carries cold air. Part of Maisel’s collection of curiosities lines the hallway.
Maisel used mirrors to enclose the original copper elevator cage for safety.
The Third Floor
Once bank offices, now gallery space. The original door frames are oak.
Maisel stores his work in the original safe-deposit vault.
Pretty incredible right?