For the past few months, work has been progressing on the Hotel Bossert, once known as Brooklyn’s Waldorf-Astoria. It was where many Dodgers greats used to live, and they famously took the trolley from Brooklyn Heights to Ebbets Field, when that sort of thing was still possible.
For decades, the Bossert has served as a hostel for Jehovah’s Witnesses stopping off at the global headquarters here, but as they are moving upstate and getting rid of all their property, developer David Bistricer stepped forward in May to turn the Bossert back into a boutique that still bears the same name it has for nearly a century.
Red Carpet Real Estate
Despite rumors that NewsCorp’s The Daily has been put “on watch,” it seems that publisher Greg Clayman is feeling optimistic about the future.
(Update: It looks like today wasn’t the best day for Mr. Clayman to close on a million-dollar house. A few hours after publishing, news broke that The Daily is planning to lay off a third of its staff.)
Mr. Clayman and wife Amanda have purchased a townhouse co-op in Brooklyn Heights for $1.16 million, according to city records.
Mysteries of Brooklyn
It’s time to add a new address to the Girls map: Lena Dunham has snapped up a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn Heights. It’s a big change for the famously reluctant-to-leave-home Ms. Dunham, who will be departing, presumably for good, from her parents’ Tribeca loft. But nothing too jarring—at least she’ll be surrounded by people her parents’ age when she steps outside her door!
“We lived there all through my high-school career, so I have an intense attachment to it,” Ms. Dunham said of the neighborhood in this week’s New York Times Magazine. “Other people think of Brooklyn Heights as where you become elderly, but I think of it as where you try pot for the first time.”
It’s good to change with the times, move to new neighborhoods (boroughs even!), expand one’s client-base. But, you know, nothing too wild, like buying groceries in Brooklyn.
In a Real Deal profile, Brooklynite Elizabeth Stribling talks about how she and her brokerage firm have changed, expanding their focus beyond the most elite and elitist precincts of Manhattan, but reveals that she still does her grocery shopping on the Upper East Side.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
End times are near for the Jehovah’s Witnesses… as the largest landlords in Brooklyn Heights, that is. The charming, historic townhouse at 105 Willow Street—one of the religious group’s many charming, historic neighborhood properties—has sold for $3.3 million, city records show.
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As if living in a beautifully-decorated brownstone or loft weren’t reward enough. Now the wealthy residents of such spaces can supplement their already sizable incomes by renting out their stunning, sunlit spaces for photo shoots.
In fact, some apartments are so popular that they even have their own agents, The Times reports. Star power!
Brooklyn State of Mind
It has been said in our screen-addled age that video games are the new fiction. Be that as it may, Grand Theft Auto must then be our Moby Dick, which would make Dan Houser modern America’s Herman Melville. Or maybe he’s Dickens—Mr. Houser is British, and his work is equally dour and gritty.
How fitting, then, that the Rockstar Games co-founder is the new owner of an illustrious Brooklyn Heights mansion at 70 Willow Street where Truman Capote, along with some of the borough’s richest men, once lived. The sale, at exactly $12.5 million according to city records, is the most expensive in Brooklyn history, and, by extension, anywhere outside of Manhattan. It surpasses the previous record by a full $1.5 million.
If there was any question that video games had surpassed films, music and books for cultural—to say nothing of economic—primacy, this should bring such debates to an end. In Cold Blood has been dehtroned by Red Dead Redemption.
Tales of Investment Sales
Oh, the ironies of the rich.
When Robert Moses proposed a plan for the Brooklyn Queens Expressway to cut right through Brooklyn Heights, the local noblesse were in a rage. The solution was wrapping the highway around the tony neighborhood. Moses was even thoughtful enough to add the world-famous Promenade, beloved location of so many cinematographers, and still the locals were not happy.
Brobos and Gods
Sugar Hill Capital Partners has purchased 50 Orange Street in Brooklyn Heights for $7.1 million from the Jehovah’s Witness-operated Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, brokers have revealed.
That shutter coursing through Brooklyn Heights today? It was the seismic news that the Jehovah’s Witnesses had finally sold one of their many coveted properties in the neighborhood. This has been the fate the tony townhouse burg has been waiting decades for, and now that it has begun, things don’t seem that bad.
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