Is The Bossert Being Converted Back To The ‘Waldorf Astoria of Brooklyn’?

Consider this a potential game-changer for Brooklyn Heights: The magnificent Bossert at 98 Montague Street, owned & maintained by the Jehovah’s Witnesses, is apparently returning to its original domain as a hotel. Brownstoner reported Tuesday that according to a Public Hearing notice sent out by Community Board Two, a variance application has been filed to allow “reconversion of the existing community facility hotel back to its original, transient hotel use.”

What remains unclear is whether the flip is a maneuver on the part of Jehovah’s Witnesses to find an interested buyer for the building. It was first put on the market in 2008, just as the economy flatlined. A $90 million bid fell through, and the property has failed to draw serious interest since.

The religious group bought the Bossert in 1988 and meticulously returned the majestic 14-story building to world-class grandeur—restoring its one-time reputation as the “Waldorf Astoria of Brooklyn.” Currently, it is utilized as free lodging for Jehovah’s Witnesses visiting and studying at Brooklyn Heights’ Watchtower. The 200,000-square-foot building is configured into 224 apartments.

The Hotel Bossert was built in 1909 by Louis Bossert, a Brooklyn lumber magnate and opened as an “apartment hotel.” During the 1920s, it was known for its two-level rooftop restaurant that provided panoramic Manhattan views. In the 1950s, the Bossert was home to several Brooklyn Dodger players, and following the team’s win over the New York Yankees in the 1955 World Series, Dodgers fans and players notoriously gathered in the lobby.

A public hearing will be held Wednesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at the Dibner Library at 5 Metrotech Center.

(Top photo: Josh Derr; Below: BHB)

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  • TeenieMc

    The Bossert Hotel is quite beautiful, back in the late 90’s I had the opportunity to stop by this Hotel with some friends, we checked out the Lobby area. and as it happened I met an elderly woman who told me that she had been a Resident of the Bossert Hotel since 1940’s? when the Watchtower Society purchased the hotel she could have moved on but she chose to stay put, considering she got to stay in her home with meals and someone to do her housekeeping chores, so therefore she didn’t feel any urgency to move. Although the Hotel had changed management. The Watchtower Society had made her feel welcomed even though she was not a Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Watchtower Society has always had the reputation of caring for its properties so listening to this woman’s story I was not surprise to learn that she felt secure and well taken care of. Another Building to Tour would be the “Stanley Theater” over in Jersey City, Nj it too has been restored and is absolutely beautiful. Go See for yourself!!!!!

  • http://Questionfortruthlovers. Alex

    The Watchtower publishing and Jehovah’s Witness religion needs become honest. First by telling interested people they will be getting a Watchtower Publication study…not a bible study.
    Doing a study of the scriptures vs a study of a religions writings are miles away from each other.