Gas Stations From Fort Greene to Bed Stuy to Become Apartments


Along with churches, public libraries, assisted living facilities, hospitals, wood frame houses and diners serving cheesecake, gas stations across Brooklyn are also being transformed into apartment buildings as property values soar in the borough.

The Gulf station at the corner of Myrtle and Vanderbilt, above, has been sold and will become apartments, as has the Citgo station down the street at Classon and Myrtle, according to several readers who spoke to workers at the Gulf station.

Karl Fischer will design the building replacing the Gulf station at 134 Vanderbilt if plans are approved, DNAinfo reported earlier this month. If the Citgo station at 184 Classon has indeed changed hands, the sale has not yet hit public records.

In March, the Sunoco station at 584 Gates sold at auction for $1,695,000 and will become apartments, according to another tipster.

Gas stations in Park Slope, Williamsburg and, more recently, Prospect Lefferts Gardens have also disappeared or are disappearing to make way for apartment buildings and hotels.

Click through to the jump to see the Sunoco station at Gates and Throop.


18 Comment

  • Don’t like the idea of living on a site that once was a gas station. Who knows what has leaked into the ground over the years?

  • A great example of how the current economic boom is leading to improvements across the City. Along with surface parking, gas stations are probably the worst possible use in a residential neighborhood. They contribute nothing to the streetscape, often pollute the environment and create hazards for pedestrians. Gas stations should never have been allowed in these locations and should be restricted to industrial zones.

    • i live in the neighborhood and i used to get my gas here and get my car fixed here. people used the air machine to fill up their tires and for bikes too, there was a little convenience store that sold what appeared to be a shit ton of lottery and sugary beverages. so going so far as to say “gas stations are the worst possible use…” is a little hyperbolic. in a place where a lot of people own cars i would argue that a gas station is a necessary evil.

      • I own a car and since I’m usually driving when I need gas, I don’t need a gas station in my neighborhood. I guarantee that if you live in NYC there is a commercial/industrial area within a short drive of wherever you live. I’m not against gas stations, I just don’t think they should be permitted in residential or busy pedestrian shopping areas.

        • You would never see gas stations in the middle of residential areas in the suburbs. To me, this isn’t the mixed-use zoning we should celebrate about the city.
          There’s nothing wrong with having gas stations nearby, but there’s no reason they should occupy residential corners. For the place on Myrtle, one avenue away is Park Av, under the BQE, which would be perfect, though I don’t see anything particularly wrong with that corner on Myrtle. Besides, there’s a gas station over on Clinton and Flushing and Classon and Flushing, which I doubt are going anywhere.

          Long story short, between Park/Flushing and Atlantic, this area isn’t hurting for gas stations within a half-mile drive. Walk-in purchases of soda, candy, etc. are easily and aptly handled by a bodega without a parking lot or gasoline.

          • Park Avenue is also a residential area…many many people live there. There are 125 units and over 350 people that live in my building. It’s ok to stick a gas station next to all of us? Wallabout is a neighborhood as well…not some industrial wasteland.

      • Lottery tickets and sugary beverages are sold at places that aren’t gas stations. People can get their bike tires filled with air at the bike shop down the street or with pumps at home. I think we’ll soon see a day when drivers have to plan ahead and get gas and service on the outskirts of neighborhoods. That’s what one would expect with space being at a premium. Using land to house people and small clusters of businesses is a far better use of real estate than surface parking lots and gas stations.

        The pedestrian-majority who live here will certainly appreciate the end of drivers going in and out of the gas station via the sidewalk and also parking there. Let’s just hope the building that replaces this doesn’t have a garage.

  • I don’t know about the rest of you, but I like local gas stations and repair garages. I like to buy my gas in my neighborhood, and I get repairs and inspections done locally so I am within walking distance (since my car is in the garage). I do not think that losing every single urban gas station is a good thing; I do not want to have to drive many miles for gas and service with people who are not my neighbors. Leave that to the suburbs.

  • The gas station at was at Bedford and Eastern Parkway is rumored to be on its way to be becoming a hotel:

  • Housing and less smoggy retail are a better use for this lot. Myrtle is booming and the market is confirming this is not an optimal use of the space.

  • Nobody loves the site of gas stations, but at the rate they’re disappearing it’ll become a problem at some point. For the green-minded, how does the idea suit you of the throngs of cars having to drive extra miles to find a gas station, and possibly just idling while waiting in a line. I wonder if the city needs to step in and ensure there’s a certain number of stations per square mile or certain population size. Just as we don’t want food deserts, we don’t want gas station deserts.

  • Only in Brooklyn would people be so NIMBYish to actually complain about loosing a gas station. Fewer gas stations, fewer cars, more residential real estate and more retail is without doubt a good thing. Bottom line is that every concievable service and amenity can’t be housed in every single neighborhood. So you have to drive a bit to get gas. Thats why you have a car in the first dammed place!

  • You all are so opinionated. You voice your views more than the people who have made this home for the past 30 plus years. And I can almost guarantee that once you activists become owners you want rent to those you pretend to care about