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DKLB BKLN, 80 DeKalb Avenue

between Hudson Avenue & Rockwell Place   |    Downtown Brooklyn

DKLB BKLN - 80 DeKalb Avenue
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  • Built in 2010
  • 369 Apartments
  • 34 Floors
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DKLB BKLN Overview

This 34-story apartment tower at 80 DeKalb Avenue in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn is one of the best looking in the city.

Its stepped form presents a handsome, very nicely proportioned silhouette and its shiny metal façade panels give it a stream-lined appearance that is nicely between the extremes of Deconstructivist designs and the simplistic, rectilinearity of conventional post-war modern architecture.

It was designed by Costas Kondylis & Partners, one of the city's most prolific high-rise residential architects and it is one of his very best designs.

The building is known as DKLB BKLN, a name/logo snazzy enough for its architecture whose serrated façades at its base contrast dramatically with the sharp, ship-shape appearance of the setback tower. The overall visual effect is of a superbly crafted, futuristic battleship.

The fenestration patterns on its long façades conjure vertical, floating fuel gauges. Each of the long façades have 6 "indentations," three of which have two large vertical glass elements. The three large glass elements are stepped in relation to each other.

The developer is Forest City Ratner who commissioned Frank O. Gehry to design the enormous and controversial Atlantic Yards project nearby and the very tall rental apartment and public school skyscraper at 8 Spruce Street in Lower Manhattan. Mr. Gehry, who is widely regarded as the world's best architect, was subsequently replaced at Atlantic Yards but the stainless-steel rippling façades of the Manhattan skyscraper are among the finest and most exotic in the city and the only competition for those on this tower.

While Mr. Kondylis is not as internationally well-known as Jean Nouvel, Christian de Portzamparc and Mr. Gehry, this tower has a "snap" and "pop" that can hold its own with the best of the work of Mr. Gehry, Jean Nouvel and Christian de Portzamparc, the three architectural "superstars" of this millennium in the city. The tower is not as dramatic as the "torn" screen of th...

DKLB BKLN, 80 DeKalb Avenue Photo Gallery

Nearby Subway Stations

  1. 2
    • Nevins Street (at Flatbush Ave and Livingston) (0.10 miles)
  2. 3
    • Nevins Street (at Flatbush Ave and Livingston) (0.10 miles)
  3. B
    • DeKalb Av (at Flatbush Ave and Fleet) (0.12 miles)
  4. D
    • Atlantic Av - Barclays Ctr (at Ashland Pl and Hanson Pl) (0.39 miles)
  5. F
    • Lawrence Street (at Willoughby) (0.36 miles)
  6. N
    • Atlantic Av - Barclays Ctr (at Ashland Pl and Hanson Pl) (0.39 miles)
  7. Q
    • DeKalb Av (at Flatbush Ave and Fleet) (0.12 miles)
  8. R
    • DeKalb Av (at Flatbush Ave and Fleet) (0.12 miles)
  9. G
    • Hoyt & Schermerhorn (at Schermerhorn) (0.28 miles)
  10. 4
    • Nevins Street (at Flatbush Ave and Livingston) (0.10 miles)
  11. 5
    • Nevins Street (at Flatbush Ave and Livingston) (0.10 miles)
  12. A
    • Hoyt & Schermerhorn (at Schermerhorn) (0.28 miles)
  13. C
    • Hoyt & Schermerhorn (at Schermerhorn) (0.28 miles)


  • Excellent views
  • Bicycle room
  • Roof deck
  • Valet parking
  • High ceilings
  • Attended lobby
  • Some terraces
  • Open kitchens
  • Washers and dryers
  • Not far from subways


  • Many apartments
  • No apartment fireplaces
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Building Managed By Forest City Ratner

Forest City Ratner is a nationwide owner and manager of real estate, with several properties in New York City and a strong belief in excellence.

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DKLB BKLN, 80 DeKalb Avenue Alternate Addresses

  • 208 Rockwell Place
  • 463-9 Hudson Avenue

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