The Watchtower Yellow Fades From View on the Brooklyn Heights Waterfront


The skyline of Brooklyn Heights is slowly turning another shade as the iconic yellow of the former Jehovah’s Witnesses headquarters disappears under a new coat of gray paint.

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A recent glimpse during a ferry ride showed sections of yellow still visible on the multi-building complex at 25, 29 and 30 Columbia Heights and 51 and 67 Furman Street. The lit-up Watchtower sign, a landmark in Brooklyn Heights for almost 50 years, was already removed in December 2017, although the framework for the sign remains.

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A rendering depicts the street view outside a redeveloped Panorama. Rendering by Volley Studio via Columbia Heights Associates

The work is all part of turning the five buildings into an office and retail complex dubbed Panorama. The buildings were purchased in August 2016 for $340 million by Kushner Companies and partners, known as Columbia Heights Associates. Kushner Companies sold off their stake in the project in June, along with their share of another former Jehovah’s Witnesses property at 85 Jay Street in Dumbo.

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The buildings in 2016

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