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2280 FDB at 2280 Frederick Douglass Boulevard: Review and Ratings

Carter Horsley
Review of 2280 Frederick Douglass Boulevard by Carter Horsley
Carter Horsley Carter B. Horsley, a former journalist for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Post. Mr. Horsley is also the editorial director of

This very attractive, 12-story, mid-block, luxury apartment building at 2280 Frederick Douglass Boulevard on 123rd Street in Harlem was erected in 2010 and has 71 market-rate condominium apartments and 17 affordable units. 

It was erected in 2010 by RGS Holdings of which Hans Futterman is a principal and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group. 

It was designed by GP55 Architects, which has designed many of Harlem’s most handsome buildings in recent decades.

Bottom Line

A juggled façade that is missing a bouncing ball, this mid-block building still has a fair bit of grace.


This red-brick, mid-block building has a two-story, rusticated limestone entrance surround with an entrance marquee and a façade that juggles its components with considerable grace.  

Next to the entrance is a narrow pier of metallic spandrels and windows that expands above the 8th floor and protrudes from a setback crème-colored tower that dips down three stories into the middle of the red-brick main façade with some baclonies.  The red-brick sections of the street’s façade have crème-colored simple, but nice, cornices that, surprisingly are not above the setback tower. 

The building has discrete air-conditioners. 

The building has 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. 


The building has a 24-hour doorman, a fitness center, a live-in superintendent, a roof terrace with an outdoor fireplace, a garage and some terraces.


Apartments have washers and dryers. 

Kitchens have Aster Cucine cabinetry, Caesar Stone countertops, Sub Zero refrigerators, and Wolf ranges. 

Bathrooms have Grigio Luna Indian Sandstone tile and Toto toilets. 

Penthouse D is a one-bedroom duplex with a 5-foot-wide entry foyer that leads to a 15-foot-long living/dining room with a 9-foot-long open kitchen and an 8-foot-wide stairwell to a 38-foot-long roof terrace. 

Penthouse 12C is a three-bedroom duplex with an entry foyer that leads to a 17-foot-wide dining room and a 14-foot-wide living room and an open kitchen that is next to stairs to the 1,058-square-foot roof terrace with a fireplace. 

Apartment 11C is a three-bedroom unit with a long entry foyer that leads to a 24-foot-wide living room with a 13-foot-wide terrace. 

Apartment 9B is a three-bedroom unit with a pass-through kitchen and an 18-foot-long living room with a 10-foot-wide balcony. 

Penthouse 12D is a one-bedroom duplex with a 17-foot-long living room with an open kitchen and a 548-square-foot roof terrace with a fireplace. 

Apartment 2H is a two-bedroom unit with an entry foyer next to a pass-through kitchen, a 16-foot-long living room and a 32-foot-wide balcony. 

Apartment 5A is a two-bedroom unit with a pass-through kitchen and a 21-foot-long living room with a 10-foot-wide balcony. 

Apartment 8H is a two-bedroom unit with a 25-foot-long living room and a pass-through kitchen. 


Out of 44

Architecture Rating: 25 / 44

Out of 36

Location Rating: 25 / 36

Out of 39

Features Rating: 17 / 39


CityRealty Rating Reference

  • 30+ remarkable
  • 20-29 distinguished
  • 11-19 average
  • < 11 below average
  • 27+ remarkable
  • 18-26 distinguished
  • 9-17 average
  • < 9 below average
  • 22+ remarkable
  • 16-21 distinguished
  • 9-15 average
  • < 9 below average
  • #17 Rated condo - Upper Manhattan
  • #10 Rated condo - Harlem
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