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Irving Warshaw was born in 1893.


He immigrated to the United States and began attending classes at Cooper Union in New York City.

Irving did not have enough money to take the trolley from Williamsburg to downtown Manhattan, so he walked every day to and from school.

  • Riveted Joints, Locomotive Boiler | December1911
  • Analysis of Three Hinged Arch | April 1913
  • Heavy Gate Shear | April 1917


Irving achieved a degree in both Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering, which led him to a receive a job with the New York City Transit Authority Engineering department.

  • Cooper Union, Civil Engineering Diploma | May 1914
  • Cooper Union, Mechanical Engineering Diploma | May 1917


After 6 years of working for the Authority, he went off on his own and started building houses in Howard Beach.

After a customer complained that the basement concrete slab he poured was too hard, he moved onto bigger things.

  • PS147 in Queens | August 1930
  • Foundations at Ellis Island Immigration Station | August 1934
  • Children's Hospital in Seaview, Staten Island | September 1937

Irving had two sons, Seymour and Murray. Murray enlisted in the Army during the Second World War.

After repairing tanks in the Philippines, he returned home to New York City and enrolled in Brooklyn Polytechnic where he attended night classes while working for his father during the day. After years of hard work, he received his degree in Civil Engineering and his P.E.

  • Flatbush Bus Garage, Gasoline Tank Pit | September 1949


At the same time, Murray and Seymour teamed up with their father to continue the lineage of the company.

  • Murray Warshaw, 24 years old, Mulford Ave Substation | October 1948


It wasn’t long before Murray, Seymour, and their father became the preferred contractor of Irving’s former organization, the Transit Authority.

  • PS92 in Brooklyn | 1949
  • Flatbush Bus Garage in Brooklyn | 1950
  • Queens College, Paul Klapper Library | 1955
  • Flatbush Bus Garage, Gasoline Tank Pit | September 1949
  • Bid Letter, Mayer and Whittlesey, Architects | 1955

Murray’s two son’s Charlie and Brian teamed up with Murray to continue the family legacy. The business thrived as they continued to tackle difficult infrastructure work for the city, specifically the MTA.

  • Men Working | Date Unknown
  • Astor Place Subway Renovation | 1985
  • Astor Place Subway Renovation | 1985
  • Astor Place Subway Renovation | 1985
  • Chambers Street, Park Place, and World Trade Center Subway Rehabilitation | 1990
  • SUNY Old Westbury 5 Dormitories | 2003
  • Beach Lane Bridge, Westhampton | 1993


Jared came aboard, establishing the 4th generation in the company’s long history.

Charles and Jared continued their family's trajectory, tackling difficult infrastructure projects.

Meanwhile, they headed in a new direction, using the skills they learned in heavy construction to create for 
the private sector.

  • Sunrise Yard Maintenance Facility | 2006
  • Structural Repairs at the Times Square 7 Line | 2008

They began performing work 
for developers, architects, and owners which involved new construction, historic restorations, renovations, and modernization.

  • 375 Pearl Street, Lobby | 2018

Throughout the family's history, there are several locations where one generation has upgraded the work of the previous.

One example is the East New York Bus Depot, where all four generations were hired for improvements 30 years apart from one another.

  • East New York- Construction of Bus Depot - Irving Warshaw | 1948
  • East New York- Construction of Perimeter Fencing at Bus Depot - Murray & Seymour Warshaw | 1980
  • East New York- Upgrade of Perimeter Fencing at Bus Depot - Charles & Jared Warshaw | 2011
  • Sterling Ridge, Living Room Toward Foyer | 2018

Where’s F&S Going Next?

We are constantly adopting new technology, from the newest advancements in computer-aided design like Building Information Modeling, 3D Scanning, and 3D Design to the latest in project management software.

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