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