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    • By Bible Speaks
      The "present ideas to replace the Watchtower sign", now that the building has been sold.
      Bye Brooklyn ?? On to the Kings Drive, Warwick, New York

    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Clipper Realty has scooped up the 11-story building
      Back in February, the newly-public Clipper Realty entered into an agreement to pick up the 11-story Brooklyn Heights rental building at 107 Columbia Heights from the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and, as of yesterday, the deed has been done.
      On Tuesday, Clipper closed on the deal, becoming the official new owners of the 154,058-gross-square-foot building, which previously housed members of the Witnesses’ world headquarters staff. Back in February, it was reportedly going for $87.5 million, though a spokesperson for the Jehovah’s Witnesses declined to comment on the final sale price.
      “The property served us well for more than 50 years and became one of the focal points of the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood,” David A. Semonian, spokesman for the Witnesses, said in a release announcing the closing. The group is in the process of moving its headquarters to Warwick, New York—and has been selling off much of its Brooklyn real estate (including the iconic Watchtower building) in the process.
      Right now, the building has 161 rentals, and Clipper previously stated that they would add a few more of those while spiffing up some of the existing public spaces. Because it’s in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, it’s unlikely that the building itself will change too much.
      The building itself boasts plenty of Brooklyn Heights perks. Besides standing adjacent to the promenade, it features a landscaped garden courtyard with a fountain and a rooftop terrace with views of the Brooklyn Bridge, East River, and Lower Manhattan.

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      By Guest Nicole
      The 11-story building with a massive courtyard is located at 107 Columbia Heights
      BY TANAY WARERKAR  FEB 15, 2017, 10:00AM EST
      Nearly a year after it came on the market, a Jehovah’s Witnesses-owned rental building in Brooklyn Heights has sold for $87.5 million, The Real Deal reports. Though a pretty pricey sale in itself, it’s significantly less than the $185 millionsome real estate websites had predicted it would sell for.
      Clipper Realty, the developer behind the failed condo conversion of the Sony building, is the buyer behind this Brooklyn Heights sale, and is the latest among big name developers to scoop up a Jehovah’s Witnesses property.
      The building, located at 107 Columbia Heights, is an 11-story building and comes with a massive landscaped courtyard. The folks at Clipper Realty told TRD that they plan to convert part of this courtyard into additional apartments. The sale is expected to close in May this year.
      The Witnesses have been rapidly decamping from their onetime Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo stronghold as they make their way to their new base in Warwick, N.Y. Over the course of the last year, they sold the iconic Watchtower Building for $340 million to CIM Group, Kushner Companies, and LIVWRK, , and they also sold a massive parking lot to Kushner Companies at 85 Jay Street, among other sales.

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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      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.
      The David Bistricer-led real estate investment trust entered into an agreement to buy 107 Columbia Heights for $569 per square foot. The Witnesses put the 154,000-square-foot building on the market in April. At the time, sources speculated it could fetch up to $1,000 per foot.
      Clipper said it expects to close on the property by May 2017, and it plans to convert several public spaces in the building into 12 additional apartments.
      The REIT debuted on the New York Stock Exchange on Feb. 10, looking to raise $68.1 million through the sale of its common stock, which was initially priced at $13.50 per share.
      Bistricer said the REIT would focus on “strategic, value-add” investments, he told TRD in 2015. Since then, Clipper has raised $130.2 million in a private offering, according to its prospectus.
      Clipper’s portfolio is comprised of more than 3,500 residential units in Brooklyn and Manhattan, including Flatbush Gardens, a 59-building rent-controlled apartment complex, and 50 Murray Street and 53 Park Place in Tribeca. It also owns two mixed-use buildings at 141 and 150 Livingston Street. In January, Clipper paid $103 million for a 232-unit rental building at 1955 First Avenue.
      Excluding the Aspen, the properties generated rental revenue of $80 million in 2016, according to Clipper’s prospectus. In addition to acquisition, Clipper intends to pump $31 million into upgrades of existing properties to drive “substantial rent growth,” the REIT said in a regulatory filing.
      The Witnesses have been exiting Brooklyn in a series of deals over recent months. In April, Kushner Companies, Aby Rosen’s RFR Realty and LIVWRK paid over $700 million for their 733,000-square-foot global headquarters at 25-30 Columbia Heights and a development site at 85 Jay Street in Dumbo.

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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      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.
      The new owner can build a new property of up to 28 stories with residential, commercial, and community space inside under the land’s current zoning, according to a spokesman for the religious organization.
      Rabsky is no stranger to massive developments — the firm is erecting a futuristic 400-unit apartment complex on the site of the old Rheingold Brewery in Bushwick and is trying to convince the city to let it build more than 1,000 units across two full blocks of the former Pfizer factory in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
      The Witnesses — formally dubbed the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society — have been based in Brooklyn for more than a century, but are now selling off the extensive real estate holdings they amassed during that period as they prepare to relocate the nerve center upstate.
      They sold the bulk of their old printing plants and warehouses to developer Jared Kushner — President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law and right-hand-man — who has turned them into an interconnected office complex dubbed Dumbo Heights.
      Kushner also nabbed the church’s former Columbia Heights headquarters — complete with its iconic neon “Watchtower” sign — and is rumored to be purchasing its massive block-sized parking lot at Jay and Front streets where could build a thousand units of new housing.
      The birthday-spurning religious organization currently has four other properties on the market — including the site of the former Margaret Hotel at Columbia Heights and Orange Street, and the old Leverich Towers Hotel at Clark and Willow streets — and is still holding onto a handful of other digs it hasn’t put on the market.
      Rabsky Group did not return requests for comment.
      Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
      Updated 4:50 am, December 7, 2016

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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      The buyer is the Rabsky Group, a prolific residential developer
      By Lore Croghan
      Brooklyn Daily Eagle
      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.
      Jared Kushner is reportedly buying another DUMBO Watchtower site  
      The closing of the sale of 69 Adams St. represents another step forward in the Watchower's years-long efforts to liquidate its local property holdings because of the relocation of its world headquarters from Brooklyn Heights to upstate Warwick, New York.
      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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    • By JAMMY
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      By Guest Nicole
      By Lore Croghan
      Brooklyn Daily Eagle
      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. 
      The buyers are a joint venture of Kushner Companies, CIM Group and LIVWRK.
      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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    • By The Librarian
      Originally shared by Michael Bambis / Greece
      (I don't know how to say thank you in Greek ;-)
       
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      By Guest Nicole
      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.

    • By jo jack
      Last days in Brooklyn 

    • By The Librarian
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      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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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      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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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      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."
      Photo by moi for BHB.
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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Los testigos de Jehová parecen haber alcanzado un apretón de manos con sus mejores amigos: Jared Kushner, Aby Rosen y LVWRK.
      El precio es aproximadamente $ millones 700 para la sede mundial de 733.000 pies cuadrados de los Testigos a los 25-30 Columbia Heights y un pies cuadrados de 1,1 millones de derecha sitio de desarrollo a 85 Jay St.
      El mismo grupo compró 1.2 millones de pies cuadrados en Dumbo Heights por $ 375 millones en el 2013, desde los Testigos y ahora se arrienda a empresas tales como WeWork y Etsy.
      Equipos de tecnología han estado circulando las propiedades frente al mar de Brooklyn - y el gran "Atalaya" en el signo de que algún día podrían ser canjeados por un nombre como "Facebook".
      Bob Knakal de Cushman & Wakefield ha estado en marcha la venta de los testigos, que se están moviendo a Warwick, Nueva York.
      Múltiples contratos fueron entregados por las propiedades y, hasta ahora, todos son sin firmar.
      Ha habido un interés a nivel mundial, y los oferentes locales han incluido L & L Holding, East End de capital, patrimonio Uno y Vornado Realty Trust. Cuando se alcanza, las partes no quisieron hacer comentarios.
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      Jehovah’s Witnesses’ lock down deal for $700M Brooklyn plot

      The Jehovah’s Witnesses appear to have achieved a handshake with their BFFs: Jared Kushner, Aby Rosen and LVWRK.
      The pricing is 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  for the Witnesses’ 733,000-square-foot world headquarters at 25-30 Columbia Heights and a 1.1-million-square-foot as-of-right development site at 85 Jay St. The same group purchased 1.2 million square feet in Dumbo Heights for $375 million in 2013 from the Witnesses and are now leasing to such companies as WeWork and Etsy.
      Tech outfits have been circling the Brooklyn waterfront properties — and the large “Watchtower” on the sign could someday be swapped for a name like “Facebook.”
      Bob Knakal of Cushman & Wakefield has been running the sale for the Witnesses, who are moving to Warwick, NY.
      Multiple contracts were handed out for the properties and, so far, all are unsigned.
      There has been interest globally, and local bidders have included L&L Holding, East End Capital, Equity One and Vornado Realty Trust. When reached, the parties declined comment.

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      Sales of Watchtower headquarters and two other Jehovah’s Witnesses' properties could total $1.2 billion, real estate pros predict -  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  Dec 5, 2015
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