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So long, Watchtower: Famed 70-year-old Brooklyn sign comes down

Sign on borough’s waterfront was removed on Wednesday
December 07, 2017 11:15AM

Watchtower sign in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn waterfront’s iconic Watchtower sign is no more.

The famed structure atop 30 Columbia Street, featuring 15-foot tall letters that weighed up to 860 pounds, officially came down on Wednesday, according to the New York Post. It will eventually be replaced by a sign for a future office tenant.

The building is one of many former Jehovah’s Witnesses properties that the religious group has sold off as they move upstate to Warwick. Kushner Companies, LIVWRK and CIM Group purchased the Watchtower building last year for $340 million. They unveiled plans in May to turn the building into a 635,000-square-foot office complex called “Panorama.”

The Witnesses had filed a permit application with the Department of Buildings in June to take the letters down at an estimated cost of $70,500.

The religious group also recently sold off its Brooklyn buildings at 74 Adams Street and 21 Clark Street. [NYP] Eddie Small