Brooklyn Heights

Bossert replaces tattered awning, owner denies rumors of infighting

August 15, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Eagle file photo by Lore Croghan

As part of the restoration of the once-elegant Bossert Hotel on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights, workers on Sunday tore down the hotel’s ripped awning after locals complained.

“We’re restoring the frame and putting it right back,” hotel property manager Stephen Allen told the Brooklyn Paper.

The hotel is scheduled to open and welcome new guests this month, but the opening has been delayed several times. David Bistricer of Clipper Equity, one of the hotel’s new owners, stressed in an email to the Brooklyn Paper that disputes between himself and his partner Joseph Chetrit of the Chetrit Group haven’t delayed the project, despite rumors. However, Bistricer still refused to comment on whether he and Chetrit have hired a new operator to run the hotel.

Fen Hotels, which owns and manages properties in the U.S. and Latin America, reportedly pulled out of the project earlier this year. The Bossert was once one of Downtown Brooklyn’s most elegant hotels, and the Brooklyn Dodgers celebrated their 1955 World Championship there. The Jehovah’s Witnesses purchased it in 1983, renovated it and used it to house guests visiting their religious compound in Brooklyn Heights. They sold it to Bistricer and Chetrit in 2012.

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