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Bossert Hotel opening pushed back again

Work in progress: There’s still quite a bit of work to go inside the lobby before the Bossert Hotel can open.
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The opening of Brooklyn Heights’ newly restored Bossert Hotel has been pushed back yet again and won’t accept guests until sometime next year, despite promises that the high-end Montague Street inn will welcome guests this month, Brooklyn Paper has learned.

One local leader learned of the delay when he tried to book an event for his civic group this month, only to be the elevators were out of commission until at least December.

“They didn’t give us a firm date when it would be opening,” said Peter Bray, who is the executive director of the Brooklyn Heights Association.

And a construction worker at the site on the corner of Hicks and Montague streets claimed the hotel will not be ready to open to until next year.

It is the latest delay of the opening of the historic lodge that for years housed members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses before being sold in 2012.

Developer David Bistricer of Clipper Equity told this paper in June that the 107-year-old hotel would open in October, three years after he and fellow real estate tycoon Joseph Chetrit initially promised to have the ornate inn up and running.

But the floors still need to be refinished and the elevators must be fixed before the hotel can open its 280 rooms, ground-floor restaurant, cafe, and rooftop eatery and bar, according to the worker.

People have been itching to book a night at the swanky hotel, known as Brooklyn’s “Waldorf Astoria,” since this paper started writing about it, frequently contacting reporters asking about how they can make reservations at the same place where the Brooklyn Dodgers infamously celebrated their 1955 World Series win.

Argentinian hotelier Fen Hotels — the same operator that opened the Dazzler Hotel at Tillary Street and Flatbush Avenue Extension Downtown — will run the hotel under the name Esplendor Bossert, and has yet to set up a website for bookings.

And from his daily observations, Bray said that unfortunately, it doesn’t look like anybody will be staying the night in one of the hotel’s plush beds anytime soon.

“I walk by it everyday and on the ground floor when you look in the door you see that there’s quite a ways to go,” he said. “Its very bizarre, its already taken far longer than one would expect on any normal project of this sort.”

Clipper Equity did not respond to requests for comment.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 8:19 pm, October 26, 2016
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Reasonable discourse

Dave from Brooklyn Heights says:
What a pathetic example of laziness
Oct. 21, 2016, 1:07 pm
Andrew Porter from Brooklyn Heights says:
Dave, the sooner they can open, the sooner they'll be bringing in cash flow.

I walked by a few weeks ago and they said they might be open in late December, maybe in time to host Christmas and New Year's Eve parties. But it's not to be so.
Oct. 22, 2016, 12:46 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Hope it opens soon. Lots of people staying there could help boost business for other places in the area.
Oct. 22, 2016, 4:27 pm
Claude Scales from Brooklyn Heights says:
What was "infamous" about the Dodgers' 1955 victory party? The LA Times has this description:

"All Brooklyn partied into the night. The Dodger victory party was held at the Bossert Hotel in downtown Brooklyn, where Podres led a conga line around the dance floor.

"I remember Gil and I stepped outside for a while," Podres remembered. "It was just tremendous with so many people in the street."

It hardly sounds like something that would "live in infamy".
Oct. 22, 2016, 7:08 pm
Molly Hurley from brooklyn heights says:
thank you
Oct. 26, 2016, 7:01 am
old time brooklyn from slope says:
they had a great bar that only those in the know knew about
Oct. 28, 2016, 2:42 pm
Melanie from Cobble Hill says:
I remember going to the restaurant when I was a child. We lived on Remsen street. Yester year Montague street was such a pleasure. There is no reason it should take this long to restore such a fabulous place.
July 31, 7:32 am

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