On the corner of Spring and Bowery stands the magnificent German Bank Building. Decades of urban scrawl cover its granite facade and it has been the home of commercial photographer Jay Maisel and his family for nearly fifty years, he still maintains his studio and gallery there. With six floors and seventy two rooms, this breathtaking monument, now an official New York City landmark, stands as a defiant symbol of past glories while around it the ‘Bowery’ is modernized by a plague of eye watering neon and glass. I know that one day some bright young spark from City Hall is going to commission an army of cleaners to descend on 190 Bowery and wipe away all traces of a character that no longer fits into its surroundings. Until then, we can only marvel at its unique, graffiti embellished beauty.