Posts Tagged ‘scarano’

If you’ve got a boatload of money and want to live on busy Fourth Avenue, come and have a look. The door to get in to the condo open house is around the corner from here.

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This covered walkway at 500 Fourth Avenue is gone, and now they’re re-doing the sidewalk. The walkway was always well-lit, and never scary after dark, but that also meant you could read the obscene graffiti at all hours. I made the photo blurry so you wouldn’t have to.

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The walkway at this Scarano construction is flimsy, but the view isn’t bad, considering it’s Fourth Avenue. On Sunday morning, this unbeautiful roadway became mile six of the NYC Marathon route. Through these makeshift window was a view of more than 40,000 runners going by.

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The construction at 333 Carroll Street has looked like this for years. No one, including the developers, can say when the condos on top of this former factory might be completed. The building had been a Robert Scarano project until a stop work order was issued in the spring of 2008 after he inaccurately claimed that it was zoned for extra floors. (There’s a reason he is known as “Mr. Mezzanine.”) Work has yet to resume, and Carroll Street neighbors seethe as the eyesore dominates their view.

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this way

Since Fourth Avenue got re-zoned for taller buildings a few years ago, pedestrians have had to deal with detours at the numerous construction sites.

The rectangular slab at 500 Fourth Ave., at 12th Street, is a Robert Scarano project. If you read Brownstoner, Curbed, or any of the other real estate blogs, you know his shady reputation for skirting rules, unsafe working conditions, and run-ins with authorities. It’s no surprise that the signage (no doubt required by law) is an afterthought.

all the way around the block

This is how it looked a couple weeks ago. If you can’t walk on the other side of the street, just follow your instincts and the path in front of you rather than the directions.

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