BQDA Award of Excellence: The Forge


The Forge is a luxury rental apartment building located in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens. The 33-story building accommodates 272 residences and boasts amenities including a communal living room, an outdoor movie screening area, a roof deck with pool, a private party room, and a sky lounge. Rooted in the neighborhood’s artistic culture and industrial heritage, the design is a strong contemporary composition distinguished by warm, cooper-colored frames and bands of glass.

Spring fling: The 48 tristate developments hitting the market now

New York Post (online)

April showers may bring May flowers. But when it comes to real-estate development, it’s actually years of planning and construction that have brought a bevy of new buildings to market this spring.

Long Island City's FXFOWLE-designed rental, the Forge, will begin leasing this summer

Curbed New York (online)

Up until now, the FXFOWLE-designed tower that has taken shape at 44-28 Purves Street in Long Island City was just another new development, without a name to distinguish it but all that has changed. The 38-story rental building, developed by Brause Realty and Gotham Organization, from this day forth will be known as The Forge.

Living LIC Q&A: A Conversation With David Brause

Living LIC (online)

David Brause is president of Brause Realty, the family-run real estate firm founded by his grandfather, Jack Brause, in 1963. Brause’s family has been active in the real estate business since the 1920s, and the Midtown-based company he now leads owns and manages properties nationally – from the Tri-State area and upstate New York, to Maryland and Florida.

Topping-Out Imminent At 44-28 Purves Street, Long Island City

New York YIMBY (online)

The title of the city’s construction hotspot of the summer may go to the Long Island City block bound by 44th Drive, Jackson and Thomson avenues, and Purves Street. As recently as four years ago, only warehouses, auto shops and a handful of rowhomes graced the 1.8-acre trapezoid. In 2014, the 14-story 26-14 Jackson Avenue rose as a herald of greater things to come. The 27-story Harrison at 27-21 44th Drive topped out in June of this year, and the 27-story Watermark Court Square at 27-19 44th Drive, next door, caught up almost exactly two months later. But as those two towers still sport their ceremonial topping-out flags, they are about to be overtaken by 44-26 Purves Street. The project, developed by Brause Realty and the Gotham Organization, is rapidly approaching its final, 33-story height. Once the FXFOWLE-designed, 270-unit luxury rental reaches its topmost point, it will stand just under the 400-foot mark, becoming the sixth-tallest building on the flourishing Court Square skyline.

Slender grace in Long Island City

The Real Deal New York

The architectural firm of FXFOWLE is never exactly revolutionary in its aesthetic inventions, but it nevertheless usually succeeds in coming up with thoughtful and arresting forms that add something to the urban fabric of the city.

Under Construction: 44-28 Purves Street in LIC

Commercial Observer

Long Island City is getting what is likely the first new LEED Silver-designed apartment building in Queens that utilizes both solar and wind power.

In addition to the LEED certification, the two-building project is slated for acceptance into the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority New Construction Program, and has been accepted into the Brownfield Cleanup Program; it is currently in the process of being cleaned up.

Meet Long Island City's Next Crop of Very Eco-Friendly Rentals

Curbed New York (online)

A big lot on Long Island City's booming-with-development Purves Street is on its way to becoming 270 rentals. Upon breaking ground yesterday, building reps released a slew of renderings for 44-28 Purves Street. Developed by Brause Realty and Gotham Organization and designed by FXFOWLE (architects with experience in green building), the site includes a 35-story tower of market-rate studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments as well as a two-story building with amenities, retail space, and a roof deck. The developers say the complex will use both solar and wind energy, aiming for a silver LEED certification—and a way to stand out among the neighborhood's masses of new developments.

Revealed: 44-28 Purves Street, Long Island City

New York YIMBY (online)

Brause Realty and the Gotham Organization broke ground yesterday on their 35-story residential tower at 44-28 Purves Street in Long Island City, and sent along these renderings of the glassy, rust-accented structure designed by FXFOWLE.