This Associated Press article on the Witnesses appeared on Yahoos home page.
Some snippets from the article:
...it will free up hundreds of thousands of square feet for businesses and apartments in a now-trendy neighborhood at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge.
"It's going to be incredibly transformative," said Alexandria Sica, executive director of the DUMBO Improvement District, a business group.
Sica said she is looking forward to the Witnesses' move in part because the church's properties seem off-limits to non-members, with fenced-in parking lots and no street-level retail. "It's closed off," she said. "You get that sense of 'This place is not for the public.'"
And one of the comments goes:
A BILLION dollar payout on a $3 million dollar investment. That's a 333% [sic] return, and every penny of it is TAX FREE! Religion has got to be the greatest racket ever created by humanity! You get people to devote their lives and savings to you and you don't have to deliver anything except some pie in the sky promises of an after-life that can never be proven! It's the biggest scam that has ever been perpetrated in history, and the suckers keep lining up, year after year, century after century, millennia after millennia!