As more towers rise, the neighborhood’s industrial heritage fades. But The Forge, a 38-story building with 272 residences in a quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac at 44-28 Purves Street in Long Island City, has embraced it.
As indicated by its name — a forge is a fire pit used by blacksmiths to heat metal — the building’s double-height lobby recalls Long Island City’s roots as a cluster of factories and power plants: rusty steel and concrete, exposed beams and rivets, and street art inspired by the formerly vacant lot.
The aesthetic inside the studios, one- and two-bedroom homes embraces comfort-meets-sustainability. Layouts are