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2280 Frederick Douglas Boulevard, New York City, NY

2280 FDB

Luxurious living in Harlem
Building Information
Developer RGS Holdings, LLC
Architect GF55 Architects, LLP
Management Company C&C Affordable Management LLC
Number of Units 71
Number of Floors 12
Year Built 2010
Construction Method Steel
Type of Roof IRMA
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2280 Frederick Douglas Boulevard, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R7-A
Title of Land Condominium



2280 Frederick Douglass Boulevard (2280 FDB) was completed in 2010. In 2009, a construction mishap caused minor injuries to five of the construction workers and six others who were taken to hospital and briefly trapped inside a neighboring pizzeria on 123rd Street. The workers were pouring concrete at the site when the wall suddenly collapsed falling onto the pizzeria. Others were treated at the scene. The building was reviewed by engineers. Fortunately it turned out to be a minor hiccup in the construction process.[1]

Frederick Douglas, author, orator, statesman, aged 29
The recent revitalization of this neighborhood has many speculating that FDB is Harlem’s Gold Coast and it is certainly going through a renaissance with exciting new shops and restaurants as well as a number of luxury condominium buildings such as the Lenox and the Langston, both firsts for their neighborhood. In addition, the luxury hotel built beside 2280 FDB is another sure sign of change in this neighborhood.

The neighborhood of Harlem has a rich African American history. Most of the major streets are named for important leaders, such as Malcom X, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and Martin Luther King. Named in 1977, for the abolitionist leader, Frederick Douglass, this street claims its place in the history of the neighborhood. The renaming of the streets was initiated by the Harlem Historical Society, under the direction of Jacob Morris.

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland, presumably in 1818. He was self-taught, and later became a prolific writer, orator, and statesman. He successfully taught himself to read and write and passed on this knowledge to other slaves sometimes teaching up to forty students in a week. He finally escaped slavery in 1838 and relocated to New York City with the help of his future wife, Anne Murray, a free woman living in Baltimore. His writings and lectures paved the way for the abolitionist movement in the United States.

His first autobiography, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave” became an immediate bestseller and led to a two year speaking tour in England and Ireland. Douglass was instrumental in affecting policy prior to and after the Civil War. After returning home to the United States he continued his quest for abolition by producing a number of newspapers including The North Star, and others bearing his name.

He was a powerful supporter of women’s rights, was the first African American man to be nominated for Vice President, served in the Civil War as a recruiter for 54th Massachusetts Regiment. After the Civil War he was a supporter of President Grant who was instrumental in keeping the Klan from getting a foothold in the South by signing the Klan Act into law.

After the death of his first wife, he remarried. This second marriage was controversial at the time; his second wife was both twenty years his junior as well as white. His legacy lived on, and his speeches continued to have great effects even years later.[2]


Morningside Park
The stylish yet controversial wine bar at 2280 FDB

2278-2280 Frederick Douglass Boulevard is located in Central Harlem in Manhattan. Harlem is the northern neighborhood in Manhattan in New York City. Harlem is also known as Uptown by locals. It encompasses the area between the East River and on the west to the Hudson River with boundaries to the north at 155 Street, where it meets Washington Heights, to an uneven southern border defined by Central Park where it borders the Upper West Side, and 102nd Street where it borders the Upper East Side.

Frederick Douglass Boulevard is also known as Eighth Avenue. It is within walking distance of the beautiful 30 acre Morningside Park and Columbia University. With approximately forty transit options, flat bike lanes, and plenty of nearby options for food and entertainment, the building earns a high walk, transit, and bike score.[3]

Central Harlem is rich in cultural and entertainment choices, in addition is a ten minute subway ride from downtown New York City. The neighborhood has over 400 churches, and it is close to hospitals, schools, parks, museums, and theatres. Nearby selections include museums such as Studio Museum in Harlem, Genesis II Museum of International Black Culture ,The Jazz Museum in Harlem; theaters such as the famed Apollo Theater where many music stars got their start, National Black Theatre Workshop, the Lafayette Theatre which was part of the Federal Theatre Project and where Orson Wells staged his famous Vodoo MacBeth, Faison Firehouse Theater, Friends of Theatre Collection, New Heritage Theatre Group, and the Pregones Theater; the Harlem Boy’s Choir, and new Harlem Girl’s Choir, as well as films, Maysles Films Inc, and the AMC Magic Johnson Theaters Harlem; as well as activities like bowling at the Harlem Lanes and the YMCA Harlem.


2280 FDB takes a pizza break
Building 2280 Frederick Douglass Boulevard

2280 Frederick Douglass Boulevard stands at 36.72 meters tall and is 12 stories high. The construction on the building began in 2008 and was complete two years later in 2010. The high-rise building dons an applied masonry of red and white brick with concrete set-backs which provide additional outdoor space for the residents.[4]

The developer, RGS Holdings, LLC is a privately funded real estate development firm founded in 2001 by Hans Futterman. The firm has an exclusive focus in Harlem, where Futternan is a resident himself. The aim of the company is to encourage the growth a strong economic base of owners and renters to Harlem and to maintain the distinctive character of the neighborhood. RGS, LLC works with private and public property owners towards this goal.

Part of this team is the Goldman Sachs Urban investment group which is part of the Merchant Banking Division within the Larger Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Goldman Sachs, founded in 1869, is a leading international investment firm. Goldman Sachs has offices around the world, but retains its headquarters in New York City. This division is responsible for investing the firm’s capital into real estate projects for emerging and transitional markets. Such investments range from $5 to $75 million dollars. UIG is a leader in this market with over $250 million in investments equaling to $1.3 billion in urban real estate.<ref[www2.goldmansachs.com/what-we-do/investing-and-lending/urban-investments/index.html/ Goldman Sachs website]</ref>

Architects David E. Gross, AIA, Leonard Fusco, AIA and Shay Alster, AIA make up the group which is GF55 Parters. The firm was founded in 1984 by Fusco and Gross as GF55 Architects. In 2006 Alster became a partner. GF55 boasts a LEED certified staff, and tailors to the needs of the individual clients. The firm has headquarters in New York City and offices in Florida. Buildings include the Lenox and 88 Morningside.[5]

Rounding out the team is the management by C&C Affordable Management LLC which manages approximately 2,300 residential units in the NYC metro area, most of which were funded through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. Buildings include the Garvey in Brooklyn and La Terraza in the Bronx, but most buildings are concentrated in Central Harlem.

Layout and Features

A gourmet kitchen
A thoroughly modern bathroom

2280 Frederick Douglass Boulevard features carefully chosen natural materials such as milled oak, zebra wood and stone uniting in an elegant conversation. The units include spacious floor plans and over sized windows. Features include balconies, hardwood floors, high ceilings, dishwashers, terraces, outdoor space, generous over sized windows, walk-in closets and washer/dryers.

Gourmet kitchens boast clean lines, and masterfully integrated appliances among beautifully crafted high end materials. The gourmet kitchens include Aster Cucine custom cabinetry and natural Cesar Stone counter tops in honed lagos blue with under cabinet lighting. They also feature Blanco kitchen sink, Kitchen Islands, Miele Dishwashers, Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezers, Wolf Range, Electrolux Icon Series Appliance Package with Washer/Dryer in every apartment. [6]

The baths incorporate stand out features as Grigio Luna Indian Sandstone tiles, White Carrera Marble integrated under-mounted sinks, Glass Mosaic Accent Tiles, glass enclosed rain showers, soaking tubs, over sized mirrors, powder rooms, Lacava Custom Wood Vanities, Dornbracht Brushed Nickel Faucets and Fixtures, and Toto Toilets.[7]

Penthouses at 2280 FDB offer private landscaped rooftop terraces, replete with unique outdoor fireplaces and striking views of the New York City Skyline.

Floor Plans

There are 77 floor plans available of which a selection are provided below ranging from studio to a three bedroom with a rooftop terrace and fireplace. Units have between 458 to 1,641 square feet.


2280 Frederick Douglass Boulevard presents residents and visitors with a unique attended lobby. The lobby is laid out with teak details, architectural lighting and features a living bamboo wall with Merbau planking.

The spacious communal 12th floor rooftop terrace includes plenty of seating, as well as a dedicated children’s play area. There is no need to fear the chilly New York evenings as the terrace includes a rooftop fireplace.

  • Roof Deck
  • 24-Hour doorman/concierge
  • Common Outdoor/Recreation Area
  • 25 year tax abatement
  • Onsite parking
  • Central AC
  • Children's Playroom
  • Courtyard
  • Fitness center
  • Garden
  • Laundry room
  • Live-in Superintendent
  • Lounge
  • Outdoor Space
  • Recreation room


2280 FDB Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

Pet friendly building permits rentals including pied-a-terre, and sublets


While not a designated green building, 2280 Frederick Douglass Boulevard does offer a number of sustainable features. The outdoor space and landscaped terraces help maintain the building temperatures and cut down on energy costs.

The building also offers bicycle storage. In addition GF55 Partners carefully selected high quality building materials so that they would last, in addition to being real and not reconstructed wood and other material. They also chose environmentally-friendly paints and other materials.

Residents can do their part by selecting energy star appliances when it comes time to renew their kitchens, as well as participated in the many sustainable programs New York City has to offer. A great place to start is with New York’s excellent recycling program, which includes day-to-day items as well as electronics. The transit system offer one of many alternatives to car ownership. Others include the new Citi-bike program, a bike share begun in 2013, and commercial alternatives like Zipcars.

The city also has a Greenmarket program through the parks. This program begun in 1976 now features over 50 Markets around the city that sell local produce from over 200 farms. Within walking distance from 2280 Frederick Douglass Boulevard is the Carrie McCracken TRUCE Community Garden, where locals can participate in their own gardening projects as well as enjoy group activities.[8]


Sylvia's Restaurant

Presidential Beginnings

  • A member of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s family, Jacobus or simply James Roosevelt was one of the original owners of the farm land which later became Harlem. In fact he owned 120 city blocks, between 110th and 125th streets and Fifth Avenue and the East River which he sold for $25,000. A few of their descendants still reside in the neighborhood. [9]

Local landmarks

  • Sylvia's Restaurant of Harlem serves up soul food to locals and celebrities alike, some famous guests include Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Caroline Kennedy, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Magic Johnson among others. [10]

  • The Apollo Theater, a 1506 seat theater, this theater could make or break a performer, with its internationally renowned Amateur nights featuring an executioner who would sweep away the offending acts as they were booed off the stage. The crowd certainly knew talent when it saw it. It is here that Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, James Brown & The Famous Flames, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Miracles, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Jackson 5, Patti LaBelle, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, Mariah Carey, The Isley Brothers, Lauryn Hill, and Sarah Vaughan got their start.[11]


  1. ABC local news website
  2. Wikipedia – Frederick Douglass
  3. Walk score website
  4. Emporis website
  5. 2280 FBD website
  6. New construction website
  7. Street easy website
  8. Harlem garden website
  9. Wikipedia – James Roosevelt
  10. Wikipedia – Harlem Restaurants
  11. Wikipedia – Apollo Theater

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