Watchtower sign, an icon of the Brooklyn waterfront, taken down

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BROOKLYN — One of New York’s most iconic signs has gone down.

One of Brooklyn’s most iconic signs has gone down.

The “Watchtower” sign, located since 1970  on top of the former Jehovah’s Witnesses building in Brooklyn Heights, was taken down Wednesday.

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society sold their building, which will be turned into an office complex called the Panorama, reports the New York Post.

The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania is a nonprofit organization formed in 1884, whose headquarters was in Brooklyn Heights before moving upstate to Warwick. The organization's aims are "religious, educational, and charitable,” in particular, to “preach and teach the gospel of God’s Kingdom under Christ Jesus," according to the Jehovah's Witnesses website.

The nonprofit sold five of their Dumbo buildings last year for $340 million to Kushner Companies, CIM Group and LIVWRK, according to the New York Post. The Brooklyn Watchtower was used for administrative matters, such as real estate, particularly in the United States.

The 15-foot-tall letters will be placed in storage.

Correction: The Watchtower sign was installed in 1970, not 70 years ago.  The organization also does not have plans for the sign at this time. 


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