In mid-July the news broke that Watchtower had sold six of its key Brooklyn Bethel properties in a $375 million windfall.
Now Brooklyn residents are beginning to feel the difference as workers have started removing signs from the exteriors of some of these well-known buildings.
A video now available online shows time-lapse footage of workers painting over the sign “Read God’s Word the Holy Bible Daily” at 117 Adams Street. On another side of the same building, workers can be seen removing similar signage advertizing the Watchtower magazine and its famous slogan “Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom.”
Reportedly a number of bethelites came out to witness the events on 24th August 2013 as a well-known Brooklyn landmark revealed the first visible signs of changing ownership.
Ruben Ortiz runs a support group for current and former Witnesses on Facebook with more than 2,000 members. On hearing the news, he took to the streets with his camera to document the changes for himself.
To those closely following the Brooklyn sell-offs, which have so far brought in upwards of a Billion dollars for the Society, the changing of ownership of such recognizable bethel factory buildings will not come as a great shock. Even so, as Watchtower heads upstate in pursuit of its elaborate strategy to secure extra funding, it is only fitting to recognize the moment where Brooklyn most visibly started to say goodbye to its historic residents.