New York Magazine Features Bossert Hotel Holdouts

For years the neighborhood has been watching the slow progress of The Bossert Hotel renovation. At times it has seemed the work was being carried by Ooompa Loompas. Finally, The Eagle’s Lore Croghan got the scoop on the status of the re-do and confirmed a “soft opening” for August.

This week, New York Magazine begged the question, “What’s it like to live in a nearly abandoned building?” Only five rent-stabilized tenants (and one parrot) reside at The Bossert. There’s a 88-year old Daisy and her daughter Elana, 91-year old Monica-English ex-pat, an un-named elderly gentleman and lastly, Julian who arrived arrived as a student from Hong Kong in 1981.

The piece is a heart-warming read with an element of  “only in New York.” When the property was owned by the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Daisy felt they were good neighbors and gave the hotel “a sense of community.” Monica described living at The Bossert as “an adventure.” General Manager, Aliya Huey believes the holdouts are a part of the hotel’s history, “We embrace them…We will live around them. They will live around us.”

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  • Joseph Rizoli

    When I worked there there many years ago, 80’s, there was talk of that building being used by the Underground railroad for slaves in the cellar of that building. The Jehovah’s Witnesses wanted to keep it quiet because they didn’t want anybody else to know about it or get publicity…

  • CassieVonMontague

    lol. see last week’s open thread.

    Even buildings built 46 years after the end of slavery were part of the Underground Railroad.

  • Andrew Porter

    I have a waving relationship with the old gentleman who lives there; he often sits outside. Likely not interviewed because he’s very deaf.

    Here’s a postcard showing the Bossert before it extended all the way to Remsen Street. Maybe the occupants of whatever was there before were involved in Abolition?