Bossert Blues

Like the refugees in Casablanca, those eagerly awaiting the re-opening of the Hotel Bossert must wait…and wait…and wait…

As Brooklyn Eagle reported last week, the scheduled soft opening last month didn’t happen (again). Reporter Lore Crohan couldn’t track down anyone willing to offer any explanations, trying to contact a variety of people associated with the Chetrit Group, which owns the property, to no avail: messages and phone calls yielded no response.

The Eagle story offers context of the building’s history and links galore to previous stories about the hotel’s redevelopment…none of which, sadly, offer much encouragement about what might happen next.

So, like those of us pining for the late, great Squibb Bridge…we wait.

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  • TeddyNYC

    Maybe they’re getting cold feet with the hotel thing and are considering the residential option which to be honest would probably be better in the long run in that location.

  • Banet

    It’s much, much too late for that. The building is essentially 100% built out as hotel rooms. With no kitchens. And hundreds of bathrooms. Converting it to residential, which I agree would’ve been a better option, we take multiple years and tens of millions of dollars.

  • Arch Stanton

    I disagree, A lux hotel in the Heights will do great.

  • TeddyNYC

    Like always, time will tell.

  • Jorale-man

    It can’t be in their favor to have a building sit empty for so long. At one point do mold and vermin start to appear? There’s security so presumably there aren’t any homeless or derelicts living inside. But still, a pipe could burst over the winter and would anyone know? We’ll see…

  • Arch Stanton

    In the meantime, I think they are milking it as a tax shelter.

  • Arch Stanton

    There are actually a few residents living in the building since the pre-Jehovian era. The building is constantly occupied.

  • Jorale-man

    I’ve read that. I wonder how many services they actually have. I guess the lobby lights stay on and the elevators presumably work at any rate.

  • Rick

    News – I walked by just a little while ago (Saturday afternoon) and two trucks were parked in front while men delivered many huge bundles of white sheets sets into the hotel. Seems like they wouldn’t be getting sheets if they weren’t planning on opening pretty soon…

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  • NaNYC

    Don’t hold your breath – there’s still no water in the building. A very elderly resident of the Bossert hasn’t had running water in a while – no drinking water, no tap water to wash up with and, much worse (esp for the elderly), no water for the toilet.

  • Arch Stanton

    That’s illegal. Have you filed a complaint with the city?