Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.

The Scariest Building In NY Houses A Bohemian Wonderland, Not Psychokiller Squatters

  1. Begin Slideshow



    See All Slides

    There's a building on Bowery that's been puzzling pedestrians, delivery boys, and real estate gurus for years, as it fails to keep up with the rapid deconstruction/reconstruction of the block. It's #190—maybe you've seen it, in all of its 6-story graffiti-marred glory, amidst dive-bar music venues, boutiques and hotels. But this would-be Halloween destination for students at Pace High School is actually a story-book gorgeous bohemian home for three New Yorkers: a family who scooped up the place in 1966 and now enjoy 72 rooms of a luxury (spaced over 35,000-square-feet!) most New York dwellers will never know—space to live. A mix of industrial-chic meets straight up artist-commune in each room, where rolling office chairs are lined up at the dining table, colorful glass bottles line the windowsill throwing light across the old school stove, and modern art is strategically placed on every wall. Indeed, artistic sensibilities are obvious—owner Jay Maisel once rented an entire floor to Roy Lichtenstein and Keith Haring used to scrawl on the exterior of the building with chalk. Flowers shoot from vases, lion head statues burst from cobalt blue walls, and the hallways look like Williamsburg sidewalk flea markets on a Saturday. The elevators? Cinematic. The view? Epic. So, it appears this mysterious building is more of a best kept secret than a place to avoid late at night, though the owners are still discovering new rooms (and that's as creepy as it is cool). While Maisel bought the building for $102,000 in 1966, New York Magazine, which has the full, incredible scoop, had realtors appraise the building at around $50 million. Now that the word's out, trick-or-treaters are going to be expecting full-sized candy bars come October 31.

    Click through to see images of this incredible home, and check out all the images at New York.

    Begin Slideshow


San Francisco

What To Wear While You Sip Fall's Best Juices

If you think the throngs of juice bars blanketing San Francisco with their nutritious elixirs will be pumping the brakes anytime soon, get out of here! Since we're still as juice-obsessed as ever — you might recall our handy-dandy guide to all things cold-pressed — we rounded up our favorite fall flavors from four read

Skin care

13 Beauty Products That Are Like Sleep In A Bottle

Good-bye, summer. Gone are the days of lazing on the beach, and we seem to already have forgotten about summer Fridays. (How quickly they seem to have been replaced by “working dinners.”) Fall schedules are hectic: Between work and events, minutes seem to evaporate — and by the time mid-October rolls around, a whole read