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Brooklyn Eagle Video Asks: Which Brooklyn Heights Properties Will The Watchtower Sell Next?

The Brooklyn Eagle posted a video today exploring the fate of the remaining Watchtower properties in the Brookyn Heights area. Jared Kushner acquired a chunk of their portfolio last year and reporter Dipti Kumar ponders what the future holds.

Video after the jump.

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The Brooklyn Eagle Reports On The Watchtower’s Underground Tunnels

The Brooklyn Eagle did a little digging around and filed a report on what could happen to the Watchtower’s infamous underground tunnels once they finish selling off their properties in Brooklyn Heights. The organization currently has a deal with the NYC DOT to operate the passageways under Orange Street, Columbia Heights and Willow Street. Brooklyn [...]

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New Video From Jehovah’s Witnesses Offers Glimpse Into Their Future Plans And DUMBO Deal With Jared Kushner

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have posted a video explaining their move from Brooklyn Heights to Warwick, New York. Also featured in the clip is real estate mogul Jared Kushner who purchased several Watchtower properties in DUMBO with an eye towards creating a hub for Brooklyn based tech companies. Amazon.com Widgets

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Watchtower Tight Lipped About Brooklyn Bethel Exit Timetable

As Jared Kushner closes his deal for several Watchtower properties in DUMBO, the Brooklyn Eagle reports on the group’s plan move their operations upstate. The Jehovah’s Witnesses have been in the Brooklyn Heights area since 1908 and their headquarters here is referred to as “Brooklyn Bethel”. Brooklyn Eagle: The Brooklyn market is “super-hot” and “competition [...]

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Update: Brooklyn Heights’ Montague Street Remains Rousing Retail Success Story

In May 2012, BHB wrote about an appreciable renaissance taking place along the Montague Street retail corridor, during which a dozen new businesses moved in along the avenue over the year preceding. Another snapshot of Brooklyn Heights “Main Street” this week reveals that Montague remains a bustling success story, with restaurants, spas, bodegas, bakeries and [...]

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All-New Bossert Hotel Could Open As Soon As Summer 2013

The Bossert Hotel could begin receiving hotel guests at 98 Montague Street as early as this summer, according to a report from the Architect’s Newpaper—as long as construction remains on schedule. That includes preserving the facade, lobby and reception area, updating the rooms with new design finishes and amenities, and restoring the Marine Roof to [...]

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Board of Standards & Appeals Unanimously Approves Bossert Hotel Conversion

On Tuesday January 8, the Board of Standards & Appeals unanimously ruled to approve a request for variance to change the Certificate of Occupancy at the Bossert Hotel for transient hotel use, accessory hotel use and commercial use at 98 Montague Street. That means that following its sale last year by the Jehovah’s Witnesses to [...]

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Watchtower Sells 67 Remsen Street For $3.25 Million

BHB reported in late July that another property in the Jehovah’s Witnesses real estate portfolio had hit the marketplace: the beautiful five-story, 5,088sf residential brownstone at 67 Remsen Street—which ironically backs up to the organization’s recently sold Bossert Hotel. Brownstoner shares that the Brooklyn Heights building has sold for $3.25M, just a shaving from its [...]

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Sunday Sunset: Bossert Boarders Take In The View

A handful of guests at the Bossert Hotel at 98 Montague Street witnessed one of the best views in Brooklyn Heights last Sunday evening, from the soon-to-be former Watchtower property’s 14th-story “Marine Roof” balcony. Check out the sunset they saw below the jump.

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Residents Of 200 Hicks Street Concerned Bossert Hotel Conversion Will Create Noise, Safety Issues

A group of concerned residents who reside at 200 Hicks Street are taking to task the new owners of the Bossert Hotel at 98 Montague Street. Brooklyn Heights rez Elizabeth Bailey and her comrades believe the conversion plan currently before the Bureau of Standard and Appeals could create serious noise, traffic and safety issues in [...]

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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 [...]

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If The Bossert Indeed Becomes A Hotel Again, Here’s Your Rooftop View

During the Community Board 2 Land Use Committee hearing June 20, the Bossert was approved to return to its status as a hotel (it now goes before the full Board). Among plans that buyer David Bistricer has in mind for the newly “sophisticated and upscale” hotel are a first-class restaurant and intimate dining on the [...]

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Hearing Scheduled Wednesday For Bossert Flip Back To Hotel

Reminder: A notice has been sent to all residents within 400 square feet of the Bossert Hotel, alerting them to the application filed with the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) to allow reconversion to its “original transient hotel use.” The Bossert at 98 Montague Street is currently zoned outside of such a commercial zone. [...]

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Witnesses Peddling Three Undeveloped Parcels In DUMBO

It appears that Johovah’s Witnesses don’t just own established properties within the boundaries of Brooklyn Heights. Crain’s and The Real Deal report that the religious group has commissioned Cushman & Wakefield to sniff out a buyer for three adjacent undeveloped lots in nearby DUMBO. The parcels, at 173 and 177 Front Street—both vacant—and 200 Water [...]

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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 [...]

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Sold! Watchtower’s Residential 183 Columbia Heights Moves For $6.6M

As expected, a fourth Brooklyn Heights residential property on the market by the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society has sold. BHB reported in late March that 183 Columbia Heights, then asking $7.1 million, was close to contract after attracting 27 offers, according to the building’s listing agent Massey Knakal Realty Services. The Real Deal reported [...]

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