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One to Watchtower: The old Watchtower headquarters could soon be owned by Donald Trump's son-in-law, according to a report.
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Dumbo is the new Trump Village!

Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner will be the new owner of the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ iconic Watchtower building in Dumbo and a massive chunk of vacant land ready to be filled with luxury high-rises, according to a recent New York Post report.

Kushner — who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, is reportedly one of The Donald’s closest advisors, and whose newspaper the New York Observer recently published a glowing endorsement of his father-in-law for president — has a hand-shake agreement, along with developers Aby Rosen and Livwrk, to buy up both the parking lot at the corner of Jay at Front streets and the Witness’s old Columbia Heights headquarters for $700 million, the paper reported.

Both are hot properties that real-estate moguls have been salivating over for years. The vacant lot at 85 Jay St. is one of the few spare tracts of land in the pricey ’hood zoned for residential use — and Kushner and co. would be able to build several towers containing a thousand units there — while the gargantuan Watchtower office building spans two city blocks and sports stunning views over the East River.

The Christmas-shunning church is selling off its Dumbo properties before relocating upstate next year.

The purchase would not be the first time the trio has broken bread with the religious sect — it bought five of the other Witness buildings in 2013 for $373 million, and has since started turning the skyway-connected complex into an office, restaurant, and retail mega-hub dubbed Dumbo Heights, and also reportedly plans on turning a sixth into a swank hotel.

Dumbo business boosters say they’re happy with what the controversial Republican frontrunner’s kin has done in the neighborhood so far, and they’re looking forward to him building more walls in the future.

“If this happens, we’d be delighted,” said Alexandria Sica of the Dumbo Improvement District. “This team is doing great things with Dumbo Heights and we are excited to see what they’ll have in store on Jay Street.”

Donald Trump’s father, Fred, was responsible for several buildings in Brooklyn, including the vast Trump Village complex in Coney Island, where the tycoon cut his teeth collecting rents as a youngster.

Kushner Properties declined to comment, and the other developers did not respond to requests for comment by press time.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Danny from Boston says:
Ca$hing out on the kingdom
Watchtower Jehovah cult ANYTHING FOR A BUCK.

Danny donated his egg and paper route money back in the 1960's for them to buy up their 33 properties worth billions.
April 14, 2016, 3:13 am
Tammy from Boston says:
Interesting how this cult is constantly begging for donations in their broadcastings. Even with this deal the begging won't stop. Clear to me what god this cult worships, money, money, money.
April 14, 2016, 5:04 am
JW Johnny from Bronk says:
The Trump Jewish dynasty owning the 'sacred dedicated to Jehovah's visible organization on earth' holy of holy temple.
Old time JW's what do you think?
This poster is not anti semitic,but your founder Joseph Rutherford was and is flipping in his grave.
April 14, 2016, 6:03 am
da editah says:
Paul Martinka with a chilly response to news!
April 14, 2016, 10:03 am
TH from Brooklyn Heights NY says:
How does selling real estate at market price indicate some entity worships money?
April 14, 2016, 2:08 pm
Jenny from Upstate says:
TH-Jehovah's Witnesses elite developed a long-term real estate portfolio in New York worth more than a billion dollars and maintained it scrupulously for decades while telling their rank & file members that the world would end soon and they didn't need a retirement savings.
April 14, 2016, 2:18 pm
TOM from Brooklyn says:
Heard Jeff Greenfield on Imus this AM. He's quit writing for THE OBSERVER over that endorsement.
April 14, 2016, 4 pm
John from NYC says:
Isn't the Watchtower group in all sorts of Child Abuse lawsuits right now? Trump is helping to pay off their legal problems. This religious group is supposedly not involved in any political dealings. Looks like they are right in the middle of it to me.
April 14, 2016, 7:51 pm
Jon from World says:
So many complainers??
No other religious group in the world has used there congregates resources as efficiently and effectively as the jw leadership. They should be well thanked and mostly are!!
They have one focus and will continue to have one focus and that is to preach the good news of the kingdom in response to there commander and chief Jesus Christ!! What's to hate? There very good people in a very complicated difficult world!
June 4, 2016, 10:33 am
Steve from Phoenix says:
To all you haters of The Truth...
Psalm 53:1 The foolish one says in his heart " There is no Jehovah."
There unrighteousness actions are corrupt and detestable; No one is doing good. Verse 2.....
June 15, 2016, 2:45 pm
Drava from Michigan says:
Typical disgruntled ex-JWs with their distorted comments. Never any mention of vast holdings, dubious business deals of Catholic, Evangelical and other churches. The JWs I know are honest, fair and upstanding.
July 5, 2016, 5:34 am
Silly people from Manhattan says:
It's funny how these so called religious people call them cults.Lol i bet they are sooo Christian. Jesus must be proud of all the hate and insults.
Aug. 10, 2016, 10:14 am
Barbara White from Upstate, N.Y. says:
Jehovah's Witnesses Are Some Of The Most Honorable And Trustworthy People I have Ever Had The Pleasure Of Associating With! Their God Jehovah Is Truly Real!
Aug. 23, 2016, 9:36 pm
Carol from Southern California says:
It is in your best interests to know what the Bible really teaches: Psalms 83:18
"You whose name is Jehovah are the Most High over all the earth".
Oct. 22, 2016, 6:24 pm
Sarah from LA says:
We can't believe everything the media says.

http://m.wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/102013442#h=1:0-23:197
Nov. 15, 2016, 12:29 am
t j from New York says:
Those who talk bad against witnesses should better think about their very miserable and pitiable life before it's too late. Armageddon is going to destroy anybody who is not on Jehovah's side, and it is knocking on the door. Better do something before it is too late!
Nov. 17, 2016, 2:39 am
Freedom from Watchtower says:
t j - Did you know that Armageddon was originally supposed to come in 1874? And then 1878? And then 1914, 1915, 1919, 1925, and 1975?

Armageddon is coming all right. Financial Armageddon is inevitable for JWs because they no longer have the income stream they used to have, and they're exposed to so many liabilities through child abuse lawsuits and inquiries like the Australian Royal Comission on Child sexual abuse and the UK Charities Comission.
Dec. 3, 2016, 10:48 am
Mark Applebee from From new york says:
Jesus said, "no one can get to the father except through me." He did not say through the governing body of men. Jehovahs witnesses have idols through their literature, pictures, symbolism. They worship man as god. Replaced Jesus with men. In their case governingbody, or faithful discreet slave. Don't waste your time with the petty rights and wrong of men. Instead look at the similarities they have with other religions. Exposed for who they really are. CULT!
Jan. 4, 2017, 11:28 am

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