Former Bossert Hotel in Brooklyn Heights faces foreclosure

Chetrit Group, which bought out its partner on the property in 2019, did not respond to a request for comment.

The hotel has made headlines for years as a popular facility in Brooklyn Heights. In 1955, the Brooklyn Dodgers celebrated their only World Series victory here, and author Francis Morrone called the building the “Waldorf-Astoria of Brooklyn” in his Brooklyn Architecture Guide.

The space was once famous for its Seascape Roof, a two-level restaurant with a nautical theme and views of Lower Manhattan.

In 1983, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York began leasing the space and purchased the property in 1988. The organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses undertook a massive renovation and restoration of the building to comply with the standards of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Since then, Jehovah’s Witnesses have moved their printing and shipping operations to a new location. In November 2012, the religious group sold the building to Chetrit and Bistricer.

Last year the hotel started showing up on booking sites, but it remains closed.

The foreclosure comes as the family-owned Chetrit group moves forward with a $100 million 20-story residential development in Jamaica.

A major player in New York real estate for years, Chetrit recently sold a few properties. They include a pair of units at 1231 Third Ave. which it sold to Premier Equities for around $43.3 million late last year and a quartet of venues in Red Hook which it sold to Gindi Capital for $45 million at the end of 2020 .

Michael J. Chiaramonte