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See the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Brooklyn Heights headquarters like a tourist

May 9, 2016 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Hark! Here's the Watchtower's Brooklyn Heights headquarters, seen from the East River Waterfront Esplanade in Lower Manhattan. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan
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This is how tourists see Brooklyn Heights’ Watchtower headquarters — from the shoreline of Lower Manhattan.

The East River Waterfront Esplanade at the end of Wall Street is a visitor magnet. And one reason it’s popular is the photo ops it affords of the famed Brooklyn Bridge and the nearby buildings that have served as the headquarters of the Jehovah’s Witnesses for many decades.

The glowing golden-hued buildings in Brooklyn Heights are topped by an iconic red neon sign that says “Watchtower,” which is visible even in the sunshine of a spring afternoon.

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The religious organization is selling this headquarters, which is located at 25-30 Columbia Heights, because it is relocating to upstate Warwick, N.Y.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have a handshake agreement to sell their Brooklyn Heights home base plus a development site at 85 Jay St. in DUMBO to Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner for roughly $700 million, according to the New York Post. This means the day will come when the red neon sign will likely be replaced with another that shines forth with a high-tech tenant’s name.

The Brooklyn Eagle wants to give readers some last looks at the Brooklyn Heights skyline while the word “Watchtower” is still part of it. So on Sunday, one of our roving photographers joined tourists strolling along the East River Waterfront Esplanade and stopped by Lower Manhattan’s Piers 15 and 16.

A ferry ride was also in order to get a waterborne view of the Watchtower headquarters.

Brooklyn Heights buildings along the Promenade looked very fine in the sunshine as well.


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