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.


Brooklyn Heights’ historic Bossert Hotel may finally reopen this winter under the operation of Argentinian hotelier Fën Hotels, the Brooklyn Paper reported.

The Bossert will not be Fën Hoteles’ first venture in Brooklyn, as they recently opened the Dazzler Brooklyn downtown, on Flatbush Avenue Extension and Tillary Street. UnderFën’s discretion, the Bossert Hotel will be transformed into the “Esplendor Bossert.”


Well, that didn’t take long! As we reported last week, Brooklyn Heights’ Bossert Hotel, one of the most landmark-y landmarks in all of the borough, is likely to be returned to its original use as a hotel, and now there are city filings to prove that: According to Department of Buildings records, developer and high-profile landlord David Bistricer has plans to turn the structure into a 302-unit “HOTELS, DORMITORIES,” in DOB-speak. Meanwhile, according to the filings, the architect of record on the job is Gene Kaufman, who has been in the news lately for his plans to renovate the Hotel Chelsea in Manhattan, a landmark in its own right. Bistricer had this to say to us about the plans for the Bossert: “The facade is not going to be touched because it’s in impeccable condition. The present owners kept it in very good shape. The plans have not been finalized for the interior of the building but we are going to upgrade the plumbing and electrical.” Well, now we know who some of the players are for a building that qualifies as a national treasure, since it is public record. What is not yet public record is how much the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ are in contract to sell the structure for, though some real estate insiders we have spoken to opine that it could be close to the $90 million price that the property almost sold for back in 2008.
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