Newly Listed: Jehovah’s Witnesses’ 10-Story Residential 67 Remsen Street

Another Brooklyn Heights property in the Jehovah’s Witnesses real estate portfolio has hit the marketplace. A five-story, 5,088-square-foot residential building at 67 Remsen Street—ironically, abutting the back of organization’s recently sold Bossert Hotel—is asking $3.4M. It features 10 units, a private garden and will be delivered vacant, according to David Schechtman of marketing firm Eastern Consolidated. He adds it could be converted to a single-family home.

The Real Deal reports that the building previously housed students and volunteers associated with the religious group’s Watchtower Society. As the Jehovah’s Witnesses move forward with their planned relocation upstate to Warwick, N.Y., and Patterson, N.Y., the residences were no longer necessary, Schechtman says.

The group’s mammoth portfolio of buildings have been marketed variously by Massey Knakal, Cushman & Wakefield’s Nat Rockett, and now, Eastern. “Engaging a third firm is a sign that the religious group has decided now is the time to divest from their properties,” a source told The Real Deal. The group owned 25 Brooklyn buildings before they began selling them off two years ago.

If left a multi-family dwelling, the net operating income at the building would be about $140,000 a year, documents obtained by The Real Deal show, although “a well-maintained single-family home might be a bigger draw” in the Heights. A 3-bedroom townhouse down the street at 12 College Place recently went into contract for $4.85M, Streeteasy cites.

“Inside of a million [in construction costs], you could easily have one of the nicest townhouses you will ever see,” Schechtman told the newspaper.

(Photos: Chuck Taylor)

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  • j

    Barth, nobody held a gun to your parent’s head to give away their fortune. If they really believed the end of the world was coming, that’s their own stupid decision. However, I’m glad that the tax shelter and evasion will be moving out of the neighborhood so that property taxes can be collected from the new owners the good of the community.

  • j

    *for the good the good of the community.

  • Gerry

    I feel this is a bargain priced to sell the parcel has location, location, location, and great bones. I see what brownstones sell for in the Heights this is priced corectly.

  • She’s Crafty

    Why is it ok to completely bash the Jehovah’s Witnesses but not ok to question other local religious institutions stand on the issue of gay marriage? There is a real double standard on this blog.

  • Bloomy

    Dear god, I actually agree with She’s Crafty for once.

  • God

    It’s okay, Bloomy. I’ll permit it.

  • She’s Crafty

    A special dispensation, just this one time.

  • God

    Bloomy put a little extra sumthin’-sumthin’ in the box the other day…

    …just saying.

  • carol

    I was under the impression that the United States was founded on the principle that everyone has the right to practice their religion without interference from the state. The Jehovah’s Witnesses may subscribe to beliefs that are not within the mainstream but I support their right to freedom of worship.
    Are there bad apples among them – of course. But the last time I checked the Catholic Church and the Hasidic Jewish community had instances of individuals who sexually abused children. And then there is Penn State. Bad or criminal behavior is not a hallmark of one religion or another.
    I am not a Jehovah Witness but I think the accusation of “insider Watchtower arrogance” is offensive. For arrogance you need to go to the Episcopalians.

  • Armageddon is coming

    If the Watchtower is selling, it must be because they have inside information that Jehovah is going to destroy the godless city of New York. Flee to the hills, Jesus foretold of this in Revelation and Easter.

  • http://n/a Barbara Shernoff

    JH do not pay taxes on any of their properties that are used for theirchurch purposes itself. On their commercial properties-they may be paying taxes.

  • Percy Malone

    It’s a good thing to see this people GET OUT of this nice neighborhood, why don’t they go a little further away like Alaska???,

  • yoohoo

    Why don’t you ask all churches everywhere whether they pay taxes???

  • Freedom of Religion

    Wow, the Witnesses generate lots of bad vibes on this blog! Two thoughts: 1) While they have an insular community, the witnesses are “good people” at their core. They are a stabilizing and positive influence on the Heights Community. 2) The witnesses are entitled to the same tax benefits as any religious organization, no more, no less. To all of the Witnesses “haters” on this thread, would you also welcome the purge of the Hasidim from Willamsburg because of their insular culture? Would you encourage the synagogues and churches to exit the Heights, too? Serious response only.

  • Alex

    “…I am not a Jehovah Witness but I think the accusation of “insider Watchtower arrogance” is offensive”~carol

    So you think that is offensive but offer no comment on “Roll in the mud with pigs and you’re going to get dirty, and the pigs will like it.”?

    You are a Jehovah’s Witness associate, maybe just not baptized yet.

  • Alex

    “… They are a stabilizing and positive influence on the Heights Community…”~Freedom of Religion

    The people are meek and mild on the surface.That is what they are trained and conditioned to portray. The Watchtower leadership however has created attitutes of hate and intolerence to other faiths. Turn open the pages of Watchtower and their many books and you will see pictures of churches and other ‘false religions’ burning to the ground, falling into cracks in the earth or being hit with lightening.
    It is interesting that Freedom of Religion champions that name yet the penalty for leaving the Watchtower religion is permanent loss of family and friends from extreme shunning.

  • eg

    Alex – I agree with you that they are indeed, nice people but influenced by their church to not mix with outsiders, so as not to stray. Teaching their brethren to hate other religions is where the problems lie. People can believe whatever myth or fairy tale they want to as long as it hurts no one else. But history has told us that that, is exactly what happened when all the great religions of which we know, were fighting each other for power and control in Europe, and today we are seeing it in Asia and Africa.

    I’ve known and met many. I see them as “homogenized people”.

  • Winstion Smith

    Religion is the work of of the devil

  • Arch Stanton

    She’s Crafty, Why do you think “There is a real double standard on this blog”? You can say anything you want about other religions and their stance on any issue when it is relative to the discussion. This thread was specifically about the Jo-hos.

  • mamasyoungens

    You might want to check but Jehovahs Witnesses are in over 236 lands around the world. They have translated the Watchtower in to 439 languages. It is the most widely printed magazine in the world. And they are taught to love their neighbor, not hate any one. Nobody is perfect.

  • Andrew Porter

    I am, at least I was until I started posting here…

  • She’s Crafty

    @Arch because I did, once, about another church and their stance on a human rights issue (the issue in question was NOT just a political issue, though others tried to classify it as such) and I was immediately shot down and my comments on the rest of the thread were deleted. The pot shots here are just nasty about the JW, but I don’t see any of those comments being edited.

  • Lisa Detwiler

    FYI – The Jehovah’s Witnesses have also used Corcoran (Ellen Newman and Lisa Detwiler) to sell some of their other properties – namely 165 Columbia Heights, 105 Willow Street and 34 Orange Street (in contract). It is not just commercial brokers being employed.

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