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Robert Scarano Jr.
Robert Scarano Jr.

Robert Scarano Jr. is a Brooklyn-based architect who was banned from doing business in New York City for sidestepping zoning laws and overbuilding. Since the 1980s, Scarano and his eponymous firm, Scarano Architects PLLC, had been drafting designs for residential conversions of industrial and other purpose buildings. The projects, like the Armory Towers in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, transformed entire city blocks and neighborhoods with their scale. Scarano faced problems on a project called the Finger Building at 144 North 8th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, when the owner of an adjoining property sued the developers and Scarano for not obtaining air rights to build as high as the intended 16 stories and lying about it to City Hall. Construction was halted. Other Scaranos projects also had city-imposed stop-work orders. In 2010, the New York City Department of Buildings banned him from filing any construction plans, permit applications, and other building documents with the city to censure him for deliberately misrepresenting the size of his proposed buildings. Scarano received a Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design, and a certificate in engineering from the City College of New York. -TA

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carroll-gardens
07/25/14
In the wake of a notice to vacate, a homeless shelter project in Carroll Gardens is in danger of falling apart. The vacant, Robert Scarano-designed building at...

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05/20/14
A new hotel is coming to 233 Norman Avenue in Greenpoint. Tags: greenpoint, robert scarano, The Henry Norman Hotel ...

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03/30/14
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02/13/14
Move over, the View. A roomier penthouse pad in Long Island City’s Vere 26 now holds the title of Queens’ priciest apartment listing. Tags: long...

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05/20/13
A New Jersey-based investor is slated to bring a 37-unit condominium development to the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn after buying a nearly complete property...

The planned rooftop farm at the Gowanus Whole Foods (Source: Gotham Greens)
04/01/13
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01/03/13
A 49,000-square-foot residential rental building in Bedford-Stuyvesant is set to hit the foreclosure auction block today with an outstanding lien of $21 million, according to...

From left: Rob Scarano and 59 Conselyea Street
12/06/12
Residents at the condominiums at the Robert Scarano-designed 59, 61 and 63 Conselyea Street in Williamsburg say they don’t have any space to bring their...

A rendering of Two Trees' BAM project
11/28/12
A rendering of Two Trees' BAM projectTwo Trees’ 32-story tower near Brooklyn Academy of Music will include up to 400 apartments and 23,000 square feet...

From left: 57-59 Maspeth Avenue, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
05/02/12
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is seeking nearly $1.4 million from the developer of a 17-unit Williamsburg condominium project that is allegedly “rife with...

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10/25/11
Brooklyn-based architect Robert Scarano is forever barred from filing any documents, including permit applications and construction plans, with the Department of Buildings, the New York...

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07/14/11
From left: Architect Robert Scarano and DOB Commissioner Robert LiMandri A state appeals court today has rejected architect Robert Scarano’s appeal of a decision forbidding...

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05/11/11
Robert Scarano and renderings of the Modern at 205 North 7th Street The slick residential building known as the Modern, originally designed by controversial architect Robert Scarano...

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04/06/11
The rooftop addition atop Carroll Gardens' notorious "Hell House" is finally coming down after the city agreed to rezone the neighborhood to prevent out-of-scale development,...

03/18/11
1. Throughout the 2000s, architect Robert Scarano allegedly manipulated zoning laws and quietly built huge buildings in Queens and Brooklyn neighborhoods 2. IStar secures...

03/05/10
How often do brokers misrepresent square footage? 1. What we need is regulation that defines once and for all the different metrics of a building. 2. It...

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03/04/10
Retirement was on Robert Scarano’s mind tonight at the 90 North 5th Street condominium party, a mixer for Brooklyn’s real estate-inclined, for a building his...

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03/04/10
Brooklyn architect Robert Scarano may have just lost his ability to work in the city. Scarano, who has long been the target of criticism from...

06/10/09
1. Coney Island and Willets Point haven't seen any funds cut by the city 2. A Q & A with Community Board 12's Adjoa Gzifa...

05/12/09
Robert Scarano and Olive ParkScarano redesigns Williamsburg condo: Scarano Architects has helped bring the condominium Olive Park, at 100 Maspeth Avenue in Williamsburg, up to code and...

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08/04/06
Controversial architect Robert Scarano Jr. has agreed to settle charges brought against him by the city’s Buildings Department. The charges accused Scarano of violating zoning...

05/30/06
The city has expanded its probe of architect Robert Scarano Jr. The city now accuses Scarano of failing to take proper steps to guarantee safe...

04/21/06
Architect Robert Scarano Jr. bit back at critics on Thursday, including the New York Times, which published a long article on Sunday about the controversy...

04/16/06
The sizes of architect Robert Scarano Jr.’s new projects around the city have prompted some residents and city officials to complain that he ignores zoning...
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