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190 Bowery Reneges on Public Opening, Angering Public

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Dozens of people showed up at 190 Bowery on Saturday evening to get inside the iconic Lower East Side building, which was recently purchased by developer Aby Rosen, who was hosting an art show and opening the building to the public for the first time in 49 years. Except, as it turned out, he wasn't. Upon arrival, the vast majority of the mass of visitors was told that they were not on the list, as an RSVP was required (a stipulation that was inconveniently not mentioned on the invitation, which was widely circulated on the internet last week). Some have speculated that the bait-and-switch was pulled to drum up publicity for the artists and/or Rosen's conversion project, while others think that the event originally was supposed to be open to the public, but Rosen panicked when he realized the volume of unwashed masses that were about to enter his building. Rosen's camp has not be forthcoming to far in clarifying why there was so much confusion, though rejected visitors told Gothamist that they were informed by hosts that the public opening was simply an "internet rumor."

Another shots from outside:

And what everyone missed on the inside:

· Art show turns into a shitshow at 190 Bowery [EVG]
· Real Estate Mogul Aby Rosen Aborts Public Showing of Vita Schnabel at 190 Bowery [Bowery Boogie]
· Buzzkill: Scenes From 190 Bowery's Failed Public Opening [Gothamist]
· Photos Inside 190 Bowery's "Cancelled" Art Opening FIRST SHOW / LAST SHOW [Untapped]
· 190 Bowery coverage [Curbed]

190 Bowery

190 Bowery, New York, NY 10012