Revel in the Bygone Splendor of Brooklyn’s Swanky Hotel Bossert (Photos)

Hotel Bossert. Postcard via Andrew Porter


The Hotel Bossert has been one of the finest buildings in Brooklyn Heights since its opening more than a century ago. This year, after many months of renovations, the glamorous Bossert will begin accepting guests once more.

Until you can enjoy it in person, check out this set of vintage postcards — courtesy of longtime Brownstoner reader Andrew Porter — that show the hotel in its heyday.

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Hotel Bossert. Postcard via Andrew Porter

Once known as the Waldorf Astoria of Brooklyn, the luxurious inn was known for its tiptop service and swanky rooftop dining room.

The hotel was built by Bushwick lumber millionaire Louis Bossert, who tore down the famous Pierrepont Hotel at the site and erected a new, gorgeous 14-story hotel in its place. Designed by Helmle & Huberty, it opened in 1909.

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The Hotel Bossert’s rooftop restaurant. Postcard via Andrew Porter

Its rooftop restaurant — named the Marine Roof — became a famous hangout spot starting in the 1920s. When the Dodgers won the World Series in 1955, the team celebrated here. Fans serenaded manager Walter Alston with “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.”

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The lobby at the Hotel Bossert. Postcard via Andrew Porter

The building was sold to the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1988. They spent a lot of money restoring the lobby and rebuilding the Marine Roof, whose roof had collapsed. The Witnesses hosted out-of-town visitors and important guests of the Watchtower Society in its rooms.

The religious organization sold the hotel to David Bistricer of Clipper Equity and the Chetrit Group in 2012. It will be reborn as a luxury boutique hotel — Esplendor Bossert — with around 300 rooms, operated by Argentinian hotelier Fën Hotels.

The re-renovated Bossert is expected to open this year. Hope its newest incarnation will be as splendid as the original.

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