Watchtower Be Buggin’ Out

The news broke over the weekend that the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society, aka Jehovah’s Witnesses, have placed more of their Brooklyn Heights properties on the block.  This is in addition to the other properties they listed for sale in August.

Brownstoner lays out the new listings:

165 Columbia Heights: 4,172-square-foot, four-bedroom townhouse (two units; three bedrooms in the main apartment) with a garage. Asking $4,500,000.
76 Willow Street: Corner townhouse configured as three units: A studio, a two bedroom and a one bedroom. Listed for $3,600,000.
67 Remsen Street: Currently configured as nine studio rentals with an office space. Asking $3,600,000.
105 Willow Street: 4,755-square-foot house used as a five-family property with one-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments on each floor. Listed for $3,600,000.
34 Orange Street: 3,040-square-foot townhouse with a garage. Asking $3,500,000.

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  • Arch Stanton

    God Riddance.

  • x

    These are impossibly expensive for most folks out there.

    Maybe some Wall streeter will snap it up as an investment.

  • Danny Haszard

    Watchtower corporation ‘buggin out’ getting outta Dodge,and cashing in on da Kingdom.

    Estimates put the WBTS corporation assets as high as $200 billion worldwide mega real estate holdings that are mostly tax free.

    Jehovahs Witnesses apostate belief system.

    A) They are at your door to recruit you for their watchtower society corporation, they will say that *we are just here to share a message from the Bible*… this is deception right off.
    B) Their *message* creed is a false Gospel that Jesus had his second coming in 1914.The problem with this is it’s not just a cute fairy tale, Jesus warned of the false prophets who would claim *..look he is here in the wilderness, or see here he is at the temple*.
    C) Their anti-blood transfusion ban against *whole blood* has killed thousands.

    … D) once they recruit you they will *love bomb* you in cult fashion to also recruit your family & friends or cut them off.
    My family was spiritually and financially swindled by the apostate Watchtower society, 3rd generation Jehovah’s Witness Danny Haszard

  • dera

    All big Corporation’s make financial moves according to their vision. However, when Jehovah’s Witnesses expect Armageddon soon, why the big changes………….they think they will own the whole world when the evil people of this world are all killed at Armageddon.

    They say one thing, they do another. Beware !!!!

  • Hicks on hicks

    I’m glad they’re selling. Not because those backpack and kahki sporting zombies freak me out but because when they sell their properties to a tax paying buyer it increases the tax base and relieves the burden on the rest of us.

  • Master Of Middagh

    Today would be the birthday of my dear beloved favorite Auntie. She died of cancer only a few years ago. She was a Witness, and I will always resent the fact that we missed out on my Auntie’s company at holidays and birthdays because of the Witnesses.

    She tried to get her husband into it too, but he wouldn’t have it. Uncle James put it to me like this- “They’ve got this big compound, and when the end of the world comes or nuclear war or whatever, they’re gonna lock themselves inside it and not let anyone in or help anyone- that’s when I knew they were full of it. That doesn’t sound very Christian to me.” And I agree- they’re not very Christian at all…

  • harveys mom

    who remembers the older man that used to scream BRAINWASHED for hours on the corner of pineapple and willow

  • Andrew Porter

    Danny, Master, Harveys: we don’t care about their religious beliefs. We just want these properties—and all the rest of their stuff here—on he market, sold, and occupied by nice, tax-paying, food shopping, service using people. The more real people who buy and occupy former JW buildings, the better.

  • x

    maybe they will convert the Bossert to a nice apartment building.

  • EHinBH

    I am glad these properties will be back on the City tax roll, but will miss the JWs. They kept their properties in pristine condition. Spotless. Helped keep the hood looking good.

  • Bornhere

    My dream for the Bossert is that, whatever they do with it, the top floor be turned into an elegant, upscale bar/restaurant. The view, alone, might inspire a clientele from all over; and wouldn’t it be nice to have something fancy-schmancy in our own neighborhood for those of us who don’t have the time/social needs/whatever to love yet another cafe, who-cares place to grab a something/sandwich/wrap/, etc. And if this dream restaurant proclaimed “NO Wi-Fi,” even better. (God, I’m getting old….)

  • AEB

    Yes, that’s it, bornhere: to go “up,” rather than attempt to do some young-entrepreneurial-hip thing, for which, actually, there’s a limited BH audience..

    And I find it…interesting that those who would champion tolerance and social equality don’t think twice about disparaging the JW, who–however benighted/misguided we may believe them to be–harm no one. Not to mention making BH a better place.

  • EHinBH

    Did they say they are going to sell the Bossert? I would like to see it be bought by W and wish I could get to their people to put it on their radar. they do a good job of attracting the 40ish crowd. In any event, I have a feeling they are going to hold on to that property for people visiting the City.

  • Eddyenergizer

    They were in the process of selling the Bossert a couple of years ago but the deal fell through.

  • Master Of Middagh

    Which building is the Bossert? Is that the one with the super cool turrets on the top and the garden or whatever? I would love the idea of high scale restaurant up there. Perfect location for such a place- unless it gets too windy!

  • Elmer Fudd

    Bossert is at the corner of Montague and Hicks. It used to be a hotel, and became run-down. The Witnesses renovated it, and used it as a dorm. It has an outrageous view from the roof, and has a meeting facility/restaurant there.

  • Master Of Middagh

    Thanks for clearing that up for me, Elmer. I was under the misconception that we were talking about the building at Clark and Willow. Now I’ve put two and two together and I recall even seeing the name “Bossert” outside the building you’ve indicated.

  • Eddyenergizer

    Master Of Middagh, The building with the “super cool turrets on the top” was the Towers Hotel before it fell to Jo-ho’s.