315 Gates Avenue

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315 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

315 Gates Avenue

315 Gates Avenue
Building Information
Developer Select Holding Corp.
Architect Karl Fischer Architect
Management Company MNS
Number of Units 72
Number of Floors 6
Year Built 2010
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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315 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Distance to Public Transit Within 220 feet
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R6A
Title of Land Condominium



The Lenape Native Americans lived in the area as hunter/gatherers and agriculturalists prior to European contact. After the Dutch arrived, the area became Breuckelen, named after a town in Utrecht province, Netherlands. In the 1600s, England took control of the area, and the place name changed to Brooklyn. 1776 saw the Declaration of Independence. The largest and first major battle in the American Revolutionary War occurred in the Brooklyn area. In the 1800s, Brooklyn annexed all surrounding towns in Kings County, the Brooklyn Bridge was completed, and Brooklyn joined the other four boroughs to form New York City.[1]


Bedford-Stuyvesant was formed in 1930. Bedford has many historic brownstones. Speculators developed these homes to allow the expansion of the middle to upper middle class from the 1890s to the late 1910s. Ornamental detailing throughout interiors, and classical architectural elements such as brackets, quoins, fluting, finials, elaborate frieze, and cornice banding are common in the area.

Peter Stuyvesant was the last Dutch Director-General of the colony of New Netherland (now New York) until it was ceded to the English. Stuyvesant Heights was farmland that became a community after the American Revolutionary War. This part of the neighborhood is visually unified with Bedford, featuring the same historic brownstones. In the 1800s, the Bedford-Stuyvesant area was recognized as one of the first free African American communities in the United States.

In the 1960s, Bedford-Stuyvesant gained a reputation as a neighborhood divided by social and racial tensions. Gang wars in 1961, and race riots in 1964, 67, and 68 made the neighborhood a dangerous place, and reflected the high unemployment among blacks, continued segregation in housing, and failure to enforce civil rights laws.

Robert F. Kennedy was elected as the U.S. Senator for the State of New York in 1964. Kennedy commissioned a study of challenges faced by citizens in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Local activists and politicians worked with grassroots community organizations and businesses to began the rebuilding of Bedford Stuyvesant.

In 1968, New York's 12th Congressional District was created to unify Bedford-Stuyvesant which had previously been divided between five congressional districts. Shirley Chisholm was elected to represent the district, becoming the first black woman and West Indian American ever elected to the U.S. Congress.[2]


315 Gates Avenue is located in Bedford-Stuyvesant, close to Clinton Hill. By the early 2000s, crime had dropped significantly in the area, and affordable housing on the quiet, tree-lined streets contributed to the process of gentrification happening in the neighborhood. Increased policing, re-branding from the unofficial slogan of "Bed-Stuy, Do-or-Die" to "Bed-Stuy, and Proud of It," as well as murals depicting famous community members have all contributed to an influx of new residents of greater racial and economic diversity.

Major business improvement has been under way along the Fulton and Nostrand Corridor with redesigned streetscape to include new street trees, street furniture, signage, and improved cleanliness in an effort to attract more business investment. Buildings in the neighborhood are usually three to four stories high, ranging from condemned to immaculately restored. As new immigrants and other New Yorkers move to the area, more unused spaces are being revitalized and revamped for use.

315 Gates Avenue is in a very walk-able area, with restaurants, grocery, and schools just 200 - 300 feet from the door. In 2011, Bed-Stuy listed three Zagat rated restaurants for the first time, and that number has been increasing steadily. Famous residents include Mos Def (rapper), Norah Jones (singer), and Chris Rock (actor/comedian), among many others. The building is in school district 13.


Typical Bed-Stuy View

Construction of 315 Gates began in 2008, and was completed in 2010 to provide residential condominiums in the neighborhood. The grey and brown brick façade of 315 Gates is in keeping with the buildings adjacent to 315 Gates. Although at 20 yards tall 315 Gates is two stories taller than most buildings on the street, it is not intrusive in the skyline. The large windows add to the modern look of this concrete structure.

Karl Fischer Architect designed 315 Gates Avenue. Karl Fisher began his career in Montreal, Canada, opening his firm in 1984. By 1999, he had enough business in New York to open a local branch. Karl Fisher designs are known for working with design elements already in place in the neighborhood, and for creating a harmonious design for the interior and exterior in relation to surrounding structures.[3]

Construction management was carried out by NYCOM Services Group, LLC. NYCOM was formed in 2005 by two graduates from Pratt Institute with Bachelor of Science degrees, Lawrence Lo Magno and Joseph Aiello. NYCOM is known for it's attention to detail as laid out by the design team.

Layout and Features

The double-height lobby is modern and cleanly designed. Adjacent is the residents lounge, an airy and relaxing place for residents. The building is accessible. Interiors were designed by Durukan Design. Interiors are spacious, refined, and sophisticated, with hardwood oak floors, large windows and excellent natural light, and modern stainless steel appliances.[4] The IRMA roof features a beautiful deck for residents.

Units have 10-foot ceilings and walk-in closets, and some have private outdoor spaces. Bathrooms are modern glass and tile designs with rain style shower heads. Units have central heating and cooling, video intercoms, washer and dryer hook-up.

This mixed-use building has retail on the ground level. Retail in the neighborhood is becoming more upscale as demographics change.

Floor Plans

Over 60 floor plans are available[5]. Here is a sample:


  • Cyberdoorman, providing 24-hour virtual concierge service as well as package delivery service
  • Refrigerated storage
  • Residents' lounge with a large flat screen television
  • Movie screening room
  • Furnished common rooftop terrace with panoramic views
  • On-site parking
  • Private storage
  • Pre-wiring for internet
  • Bike storage
  • Live-in Super


315 Gates Avenue Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes

  • Pets are permitted
  • Rentals are allowed


Bike lanes are working their way into Bed-Stuy. With no hills, this neighborhood is very bike-able. Close by necessities such as schools and grocery make this neighborhood friendly to sustainability efforts.

As a new building, 315 Gates has up to date appliances. Repairs and maintenance will be minimal for many years, and updates will not be needed any time soon.

Residents can make use of New York City's recycling program to lessen their impact on the environment.[6]


Neighborhood View
  • Breukelen, (Brooklyn, NY's namesake) is located in the province of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Utrecht is in the center of the country.
  • Wealthy 17th century merchant families from Amsterdam built their mansions along the river near Breukelen.
  • In 2013, Queen Beatrix abdicated, allowing her son, Willem-Alexander, to become the first male monarch of the Netherlands since 1890, and the youngest monarch of the EU.[7]
  • Comedian Chris Rock produced and narrated Everybody Hates Chris, a television program based on a fictionalized version of his young life in Bedford-Stuyvesant circa 1982 - 1987.
  • The American Film Institute selected Everybody Hates Chris as one of the best 10 television series of 2007, stating that the show "provides a very real look at growing up in America — a challenge that demands a discussion of race and class often absent from television today."[8]


  1. Wikipedia - Brooklyn
  2. Wikipedia - Bedford-Stuyvesant
  3. KFArchitect
  4. Durukan Design
  5. Street Easy
  6. NYC Recycling
  7. Wikipedia - Netherlands
  8. Wikipedia - Everybody Hates Chris

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