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Terrain-NYC created 11 garden spaces at Panorama, which was formerly the Jehovah’s Witnesses headquarters. Photo by Steven Tupu/Terrain-NYC

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This dramatic picture shows the staircase and grove behind Panorama’s 58 Columbia Heights. Photo: Steven Tupu/Terrain-NYC

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The deck behind Panorama’s 58 Columbia Heights looks inviting. Photo: Steven Tupu/Terrain-NYC

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There’s a serene seating area in front of Panorama’s 30 Columbia Heights. Photo: Joe Norman/Terrain-NYC

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These sweet seats are outside the front entrance of 25 Columbia Heights in the Panorama complex. Photo: Joe Norman/Terrain-NYC

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Lighting created by One Lux Studio adds visual drama to a grove of trees behind Panorama’s 58 Columbia Heights. Photo: Steven Tupu/Terrain-NYC

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Terrain-NYC created 11 garden spaces at Panorama, which was formerly the Jehovah’s Witnesses headquarters. Photo by Steven Tupu/Terrain-NYC This dramatic picture shows the staircase and grove behind Panorama’s 58 Columbia Heights. Photo: Steven Tupu/Terrain-NYC The deck behind Panorama’s 58 Columbia Heights looks inviting. Photo: Steven Tupu/Terrain-NYC There’s a serene seating area in front of Panorama’s 30 Columbia Heights. Photo: Joe Norman/Terrain-NYC

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      The "present ideas to replace the Watchtower sign", now that the building has been sold.
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      Going, going, gone.
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      A one-story-plus-mezzanine vehicle-maintenance facility with 32 parking spaces now stands on the property. It has frontage on Adams Street, Front Street, York Street and Fleet Alley.
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      The Watchtower is methodically liquidating its real-estate portfolio because it recently relocated its world headquarters from Brooklyn Heights to upstate Warwick.
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      In its first move as a publicly traded company, Clipper Realty is buying an 11-story Brooklyn Heights rental building from the Jehovah’s Witnesses for $87.5 million, the firm told The Real Deal.
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      This investment is expected to grow.
      The Jehovah’s Witnesses recently unloaded another building in their pricey portfolio of Dumbo properties and the buyer could erect a new residential tower on the site.
      Williamsburg developer Rabsky Group purchased the church’s four-story recreational facility next to the Manhattan Bridge at Adams and Front streets for $65 million on Nov. 29, as first reported by the Real Deal.
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      Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
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      The buyer is the Rabsky Group, a prolific residential developer
      By Lore Croghan
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      Another piece of the empire is gone.

      The Jehovah's Witnesses have sold 69 Adams St. in DUMBO, which had been one of the last properties left in their once-vast Brooklyn real-estate portfolio, for $65 million, city Finance Department records indicate.
      The buyer is 69 Adams LLC with Simon Dushinsky of the Rabsky Group as authorized signatory, the records show.
      The Rabsky Group, headed by Dushinsky and Isaac Rabinowitz, is a prolific residential developer in Brooklyn and Queens.
      Dushinsky did not respond to a call for comment by press time.
      The sale closed on Nov. 29, the Watchtower announced without revealing the purchaser's identity or the price paid.
      The just-sold development site is located thisclose to the Manhattan Bridge and is currently occupied by a four-story building that's a recreational facility with a tennis court on the roof and a parking garage.

      In a statement, Watchtower spokesman Richard Devine called 69 Adams St. "a premiere real estate opportunity, not only because of its location but also because of its building potential.”

      He said that zoning allows for the construction of a 157,000-square-foot-plus building that's 280 feet tall.

      In late October, the Brooklyn Eagle reported that the Watchtower had made a deal to sell the site, where a luxury residential tower with commercial space, storefronts and a community facility can be built as-of-right.
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      The Jehovah's Witnesses have just a few Brooklyn properties left.
      The religious organization has made a deal to sell one of them — a parking lot at 85 Jay St. in DUMBO with nearly 1 million square feet of development rights — to the Kushner Cos. and its investment partners for $345 million, the New York Posthas reported. The deal is expected to close this month, the newspaper said.
      The Kushner Cos.' chief executive officer is Jared Kushner, President-elect Donald Trump's son-in-law, who served as an advisor to his father-in-law during his successful election campaign.
      Offers were due on Nov. 17 for another Watchtower DUMBO development site, 74 Adams St. A vehicle-maintenance facility stands on the property, but as-of-right luxury residential development is allowed there.

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      Change is coming to Brooklyn Heights.
      These two buildings, 50 and 58 Columbia Heights, are part of the just-sold Watchtower headquarters complex.
      Watchtower workers are about to start moving out of their iconic headquarters, where their organization's name has been glowing in red-neon light for almost a half-century.
      The Jehovah's Witnesses just sold their headquarters complex at 25-30 Columbia Heights for $340 million to a joint venture that includes a company headed by Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. 
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      A spokesman for the Watchtower told the Brooklyn Eagle that personnel at the Brooklyn Heights headquarters will start moving out of the complex in earnest in September.
      The move-out will continue, department by department, through the early months of next year, he said.
      The religious group is heading to upstate Warwick, N.Y., where it has constructed a new headquarters facility. It has spent the past several years liquidating its enormous portfolio of Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO properties to prepare for the move.
      In an announcement Friday, the Watchtower called the sale of its Brooklyn Heights complex one of its most significant steps in the relocation of its world headquarters.
      The headquarters sale marks the end of an era for Brooklyn Heights, where the Jehovah's Witnesses have had a presence for a century.
      They had owned the headquarters buildings since 1969.  
      A Watchtower spokesman, David Semonian, said in the announcement, “25-30 Columbia Heights will always be part of our legacy as well as the rich history of Brooklyn.”
      The just-sold headquarters complex is approximately 733,608 gross square feet in size and covers nearly two city blocks. It includes three other connected buildings, 50 and 58 Columbia Heights and 55 Furman St.
      They all predate the Brooklyn Bridge, the Watchtower announcement noted.
      Another Jehovah's Witnesses spokesman, Richard Devine, recalled why the organization had purchased the headquarters buildings from pharmaceutical giant E.R. Squibb & Sons.
      “We needed more space to accommodate our rapidly expanding operations, and we wanted to consolidate our offices, which at the time were scattered among several buildings in Brooklyn,” he said.

      Farewell to the Jehovah's Witnesses, who are moving out of their world headquarters at 25-30 Columbia Heights. Photos courtesy of Jehovah's Witnesses

      These two buildings, 50 and 58 Columbia Heights, are part of the just-sold Watchtower headquarters complex.

      This is 55 Furman St., which also is part of the headquarters complex that the Jehovah's Witnesses will be leaving.

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      Esta fiel hermana, que ha vivido y servido a Jehová en  Brooklyn desde 1970 es una gran inspiración para mí. Ella siempre está participando en alguna forma de predicación. Este viaje fue increíble.

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      WARWICK — The new Jehovah's Witnesses World Headquarters located in Sterling Forest will be completed in August, thanks to the help of more than 25,000 volunteers from across the country who contributed to its construction. 

      Some of the volunteers have stayed at the site since ground breaking three years ago, such as spokesperson for Jehovah's Witnesses, Richard Devine, and his wife, while others have come for a week or a three-day weekend. With more than 1.2 million Jehovah's Witnesses in the United States, many of which own construction businesses or work in construction, there is a high skill level working on the project.

      “As Jehovah's Witnesses,” Devine said, “we feel it's a real privilege to help with the building of the headquarters.” 

      The entire campus, which borders Sterling Forest Lake (Blue Lake), consists of eight buildings, including four residence buildings and a large office building, where the 800 to 850 Witnesses will live and work. There are also two maintenance buildings and a parking garage. 

      Those that will be living at the 1.6 million square-foot world headquarters will start moving in this September, with the entire Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society slowly moving out of Brooklyn, the organization's location since 1909. Residents all have taken a vow to be members of a religious order, according to Devine, and as they accomplish their ministerial work in connection with the headquarters, the order in turn provides housing, meals, health care, and a small allowance each month to cover incidental expenses, like toothpaste and socks.

      And as far as children, Devine said that even though Jehovah's Witnesses in general are very family-oriented, the world headquarters staff is made up of only single or married adults. If any couples decide to have children, they would leave and settle down to a more traditional home life elsewhere. There is no stigma attached to deciding to have children and no longer living at the headquarters, he said, and it is considered to be a personal decision.

      “It's a way of life that's different than most,” Devine said, “but it is very rewarding.”
       
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      One of the goals for the world headquarters campus was to make it efficient, both for workers getting around and energy efficiency. The first was accomplished through connecting the buildings with covered walkways, some of which are above ground while others are below. Devine said this helps workers easily get around the campus, especially elderly residents in the winter. 

      Being an energy efficient campus was created in a number of ways, one of which was through storm water control.

      “We're not allowed to release storm water at any faster rate than it was in it's natural setting,” Devine said, “so we've incorporated things like this permeable paving ... and there's a couple feet of gravel below this so as the rain comes, it will just immediately go back into groundwater and won't runoff into the streams.” 

      There is also a large amount of underground water storage. Around the lake, there is a double row of black silt fencing, which keeps mud and dirt from flowing into the lake, and keeps the rattlesnakes out.

      As far as the landscaping around the campus, Devine said they were not allowed to use any plants that are not native to Sterling Forest. And one of the most “green” additions to the headquarters is the installation of a growing medium on all of the flat roofs, containing little succulents and other similar plants.

      “The whole idea is when it rains, the roof holds the moisture up here and then the plants can aspirate it over time,” Devine said. “By and large, we like to hold in as much water as we can and then that avoids having to discharge it into the streams or into our underground storage.”

      There's also a geothermal field on site. Using about 125 wells, each 500 feet deep, in the wintertime, the system pulls heat from the ground used to heat the buildings and make hot water, and in the summertime, heat is put into the ground. With just one plant providing heating and air conditioning to all eight buildings, it is more energy efficient and requires less personnel. 

      With all of this green technology installed, according to the headquarters' engineers, the site will most likely receive four green globes, the highest rating given by the Green Building Initiative, an organization similar to LEED. Aspects like the use of recycled materials, construction practices, the use of green roofs, landscaping and storm water retention are all taken into account.
       
      Why Warwick?
      The main features that drew the Watch Tower Society to the Warwick property were its size and location, according to Devine. The property is 253 acres but only between 40 and 50 acres were used to build. 

      It's not too far from the city, so there's easy access for intrastate and international visitors. It's also in a scenic location near a lake, creating an aspect of privacy, Devine said, with shopping for the residents still close by. 

      Traffic to and from the site will be minimal, since residents work on site, except for visitors, which Devine said they expect to have quite a few. 

      Another important component is that there's a lot of local congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses in Northern New Jersey and Southern New York.

      “All of our staff support local congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses,” Devine said. “So they'll travel quite a distance actually to worship with our neighbors. I go to a congregation up here in Monroe. But right here is kind of an ideal location because you have Northern Jersey with all the suburbs and we have many congregations nearby, so it just works out really well.”

      With the group beginning to move out of Brooklyn, the Jehovah's Witnesses sold their longest-held building in Brooklyn, 124 Columbia Heights, with its iconic tower atop the roof, for $105 million in April, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. And according to the New York Post, the 733,000-square-foot world headquarters at 25-30 Columbia Heights and the 1.1-million square-foot as-of-right development site at 85 Jay St. were sold for $700 million. 

      These were among the 16 properties the organization owned in Brooklyn, which will all eventually be sold. The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society also has a location in the Ulster County hamlet of Wallkill, where many of their printing services are located. This large complex includes residence buildings as well. 
       
      Neighbors
      Even though the Watch Tower Society is a tax-exempt organization, Devine said, “We try to be good neighbors.”

      And the response from the community has been positive, Devine said. 

      “I think everybody was wondering who are these people and how can you build something like this using volunteers,” Devine said. “And I think everyone, including the building department, was skeptical. But we've won them over and the quality of the work, I feel, is very, very high.”

      According to Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, the group has been exceptional throughout the whole planning and building process. 

      “They did everything the planning board asked them to do, they have been exemplary really in their construction activities,” Sweeton said. “We've had a monitor on site pretty much the entire time and our building inspector also visits a couple times a week. And everything that we've ever asked or wanted, they've done.”

      The Witnesses have also helped with certain public facilities in town. When Warwick needed some material to build one of last sports fields out at Union Corners Park, Sweeton said he contacted the Watch Tower Society.

      The group responded by providing all of the material the town needed as well as hydroseeding the soil, which allowed the grass to come in very nicely and much more quickly than had the town done the work - all at no cost to taxpayers. 

      Devine said that the group also has built a press box at the Little League field near the headquarters.

      There are also basketball courts and picnic pavilions being built on the property because part of the group's agreement with the town was to have on site recreation, helping to avoid overloading the town's' parks with additional residents. 

      Currently, the Watch Tower Society is working with a Greenwood Lake Boy Scout Troop to refurbish the east shore of Greenwood Lake, offering their assistance in terms of material and volunteer trade help.

      As far as impact on the town economically, Sweeton said that because the site itself was tax-exempt already, tax-wise, the headquarters won't have a huge impact on the town. 

      The Watch Tower Society also is providing some on site medical services and have made arrangements with the Greenwood Lake Fire District; it is also working with the Tuxedo Fire District. 

      If any of the Headquarters residents decide to move off site to have children, they then would pay taxes and their children would likely go to the Tuxedo school district. 

      “The town has been great to deal with,” Devine said. “They've been very open and honest with us, we've tried to be open and honest with them, and I think we've got a great relationship.” 

      As soon as the facility is completely done and the bible museum, which will be part of the headquarters, is finished, Devine said they will begin giving free tours to visitors, probably next spring. The bible museum will feature a first edition King James Bible printed in 1611.

      “We look forward to inviting the whole community to come,” Devine said, “and probably have a big invitation campaign that will welcome everybody.”
      Who are the witnesses?
      About 8 million Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide
      1.2 million Jehovah's Witnesses in United States
      The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania is the nonprofit corporation formed in 1884 under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is used by Jehovah's Witnesses to support their worldwide work, which includes publishing bibles and bible-based literature.
      Basic beliefs:
      The Bible: All Scripture is inspired of God. 
      The Creator: The true God has given himself a personal name—Jehovah—that distinguishes him from false gods
      Jesus Christ: He is the Savior, “the Son of God,” and “the firstborn of all creation.” 
      God's Kingdom: There is a heavenly government with a King—Jesus Christ—and 144,000 corulers, who are “bought from the earth.” They will rule over the earth, which will be cleansed of all wickedness and will be inhabited by many millions of God-fearing humans.
      Bible prophecy: What God foretells always comes true, including the Bible prophecies concerning the end of the present world.
      Preaching: It is an honor to share “the good news of the kingdom.” Whether people listen or not is their own choice. 
      Secular authorities: Obey the laws of the land when these do not conflict with God's laws.
      Source: jw.org
       
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      The Jehovah's Witnesses have just put onto the sale market a development site in the heart of DUMBO, 69 Adams St.
      The building that now occupies the site has a four-story recreational facility and an 84-space parking garage.
      Its rooftop is graced with an open-air tennis court — which is topped by a fence so cars and pedestrians down below don't accidentally get pelted with over-exuberantly hit balls.
      The Watchtower recently posted the sale offering online without alerting reporters.
      According to the posting, 69 Adams St. is “a 157,410-square-foot development opportunity adjacent to the iconic Manhattan Bridge.”
      The Jehovah's Witnesses did not offer any comment about their sale offering to the Brooklyn Eagle when asked about it. They did give the Eagle permission to publish their images of 69 Adams St.
      Zoned for as-of-right residential development
      The city Landmarks Preservation Commission doesn't have any control over what is built at 69 Adams St. because it is located outside the neighborhood's historic districts.
      Because of the site's zoning, “a new luxury residential tower with commercial, community facility and retail uses” can be built as-of-right, the Watchtower's online description of the site notes.
      The religious organization, which has had a major presence in the area for more than a century, is in the throes of selling off its once enormous property portfolio in Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO. That's because the Jehovah's Witnesses are relocating their headquarters to upstate Warwick, N.Y.
      The 69 Adams St. site has 103 feet of Front Street frontage. It's caddy-corner to upscale food market Foragers, and shares its block with a handsome residential tower, 85 Adams St.
      If a residential tower is built at 69 Adams St., it will have views of Lower Manhattan's skyscrapers, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, the East River and the Midtown Manhattan skyline.
      According to city Finance Department records, the site has belonged to the Watchtower since 1991, when the organization purchased it from LI Machine & Pattern Works Inc.
      Another Watchtower property recently sold for $105 Mil
      The Jehovah's Witnesses began a new round of property offerings this past December. Since then, the organization has closed on the $105 million sale of 124 Columbia Heights, a 10-story residential building on the Promenade in Brooklyn Heights, to Florida Panthers hockey team owner Vincent Viola, Finance Department records indicate.
      Also, the Watchtower has made a handshake deal to sell its Brooklyn Heights headquarters at 25-30 Columbia Heights and a nearly 1 million-square-foot development site at 85 Jay St. in DUMBO for roughly $700 million, the New York Postpreviously reported. The buyer is Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.     
      In addition to 69 Adams St., the other Watchtower property that's currently available for sale is 107 Columbia Heights, a 154,000-plus square-foot residential property in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District.
      Several other Watchtower properties in Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO have not yet been put up for sale.
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      Virtu pays $105M for Jehovah’s Witnesses building in BK Heights

      Virtu Financial has closed a $105 million deal with the Jehovah’s Witnesses for a religious dormitory.
      The investment company, headed by Florida Panthers owner Vincent Viola, has purchased 124 Columbia Heights in Brooklyn Heights, a dormitory building that spans 152,670 square feet, property records filed this week show. The building is 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  that the religious group was actively marketing as it moves its headquarters to Warwick in Orange County. The Jehovah’s Witnesses are also selling its current world headquarters at 25-30 Columbia Heights in Brooklyn Heights. The third property is a block-long building at 85 Jay Street in Dumbo. Some of the city’s biggest landlords, including Silverstein Properties and Vornado Realty Trust, reportedly 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. In 2013, Jared Kushner, RFR Realty, Invesco and LIVWRK paid $375 million for a portfolio that includes five industrial buildings and a hotel owned by the religious organization. Virtu recently made another buy in the neighborhood. In September, the company scooped up a 12-story rental building in Brooklyn Heights for $35 million. Viola’s wife, Teresa Viola, president of invitation maker Maida Vale Designs, signed the deed for 124 Columbia Heights.

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      The Jehovah's Witnesses are selling 107 Columbia Heights as they move their headquarters upstate to Warwick.
       
      BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — TheJehovah’s Witnesses have put another big Brooklyn property on the market. 
      The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society has listed its 154,000-square-foot building at 107 Columbia Heights on its real estate website. 
      The 11-story, 161-unit property was was built in 1959 and renovated in 2007, according to the Watchtower.
      The sizable building spans an entire block at Orange Street and includes a large auditorium with theater seating that has its own entrance on Willow Street, parallel to Columbia Heights.
      The building also features private and rooftop terraces with prime views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan skyline and New York Harbor.
      The property is located just next to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade entrance at Orange Street, and is blocks away from the 2/3 trains at Clark Street and the A/C trains at High Street.
      Tucker Reed, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, has estimated the building will sell for about $154 million, according to the Commercial Observer, which first reported the story. 
      The building, which is in a landmark district and classified as a dormitory, is likely to be converted into luxury condos, rentals or a hotel instead of being torn down, according to Brownstoner.
      A Watchtower spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
      The property at 107 Columbia Heights is one of the last few buildings the group will sell off before moving its headquarters upstate to Warwick.
      Construction of the new headquarters is expected to be completed by September, according to the Watchtower.
      The property at 107 Columbia Heights was listed the same week that the Witnesses reached a deal on the sale of two massive properties nearby: the iconic Watchtower building at 25-30 Columbia Heights and the massive lot at 85 Jay Street. 
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      by Claude Scales on April 14, 2016 10:30 pm in Brooklyn Heights, News, Real Estate, Watchtower
      The Real Deal reports that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are putting another of their Brooklyn Heights properties up for sale: the nine story, presently 161 unit residential building at 107 Columbia Heights, which sits at the southeast corner of Columbia Heights and Cranberry Street. The piece quotes Tucker Reed, of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, as estimating that the building could fetch around $154 million. BHB reader Andrew Porter posted this comment on the Real Deal story:
      "Really ugly modernist building with non-traditional window arrangement. The best thing going for it is the lovely garden and fountain entrance on the Columbia Heights side, which is the actual entrance."
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