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Pope Francis: Please come to Brooklyn on your next NYC trip

Eye on Real Estate: Cool places for you to see in the Borough of Churches — Part Four

September 30, 2015 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
If Pope Francis makes a return trip to NYC, we hope he will visit the Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Downtown Brooklyn. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan
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Pope Francis, your big visit to the Big Apple was awesome. If only you had come to B’KLYN!

We know there wasn’t time for you to visit our borough. So we hope you will return to NYC soon — and include Brooklyn on your itinerary. Everybody calls this the Borough of Churches. Doesn’t that sound like a good fit? We made a list of some places you’d surely like.

Cathedral Basilica of St. James, 250 Cathedral Place, Downtown Brooklyn: When Pope John Paul II visited New York in 1979, he stopped at St. James and walked among the people who had gathered outside the cathedral to greet him.

This cathedral is the home base for Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, who heads the Diocese of Brooklyn.

The Hotel Bossert, 98 Montague St., Brooklyn Heights: When the Bossert finally opens, Pope Francis could stop in and feel right at home. Fën Hoteles, the company that’s going to operate the hotel, is based in Argentina.

The Montague Street landmark, which owners David Bistricer and Joseph Chetrit are renovating, will be known as the Esplendor Bossert Brooklyn — Esplendor is one of Fën’s hotel brands.

Kudos to the Brooklyn Paper for finding Spanish-language news coverage about this company getting the Bossert gig. A Spanish-language article for which the Brooklyn Paper’s website provides a link quotes Fën Hoteles executive Walter Paulovich describing the Bossert as an “elegant building constructed in 1909 in Italian Renaissance style.”

Franciscan Monastery, 133-135 Remsen St., Brooklyn Heights: The Pope, whose given name is Jorge Bergoglio, is a Jesuit. But he chose his papal name to honor St. Francis of Assisi.

He might want to visit the Franciscan monastery in Brooklyn Heights.

The Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn also get their name from St. Francis of Assisi. The brothers take religious vows and live communally in the Remsen Street monastery, but are not ordained as priests.

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