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.
We’d say God must be smiling down upon the Watchtower properties, with this sale Read More
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
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!
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.
Brooklyn State of Mind
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.
Tales of Investment Sales
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.
Brobos and Gods
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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And so goes the endless cycle of Brooklyn’s gentrification. As if Michelle Williams, Gyllengaard, and Steve Buscemi weren’t enough, there’s a new Hollywoodienne in the borough, and yes, she’s also an Oscar nominee. City records show that Amy Ryan and her husband, former SNL writer Eric Slovin, have purchased a $3.1 million apartment in Brooklyn Heights.
Brobos and Gods
After today’s story on the Watchtower and it’s holdings in Brooklyn Heights, we thought it would be helpful to give you a deeper sense of the residential properties currently on the market in Brooklyn Heights.
In the following slides you can get a look at the properties that are being marketed and sold by Read More
NBA legend and nascent developer Magic Johnson has engendered even more criticism and controversy for his ongoing renovation of the Mason Mints Factory building in Brooklyn Heights, as the Daily News reports, and now things are turning litigious.
Walt Whitman, Truman Capote, Simon Rich–Brooklyn Heights has long been home to some of New York’s best-known writers. Now, America’s oldest suburb can welcome Austin Ratner to its ranks.
A Johns Hopkins-trained doctor, Mr. Ratner has penned the textbook Concepts in Medical Physiology as well as the far less technical The Jump Artist, a novel Read More