You better believe I will be chronicling the taking down of the illegal 40 foot addition at 333 Carroll Street, a beautiful old brick building. Since 2008, the Carroll Gardens and Gowanus community has been fighting to have architect Robert Scarano's steel 'birdcage' taken down. It has become a symbol of the greed of some developers, of the corruption of some architects and the problems with New York Buildings Department's self-certification program, which allowed architects to sign off on their own plans. In the case of 333 Carroll Street,
Robert Scarano had lied on the initial application to D.o.B., and tried to cheat the zoning resolution.
This project also illustrated to the community in the most graphic way the need to protect and to down-zone the neighborhood. After much work and commitment by community activists, and with the help of the Department of City Planning, the area was contextually rezoned on October 28, 2009 to R6B, which imposes a 50 foot height limit.
In 2010, after years of back and forth with the D.o.B., Issac Fischman, the developer of 333 Carroll Street, has been forced to take down the addition.
So be prepared for more photos of the de-construction, as I will be taking my camera down to Carroll Street between Hoyt and Bond frequently in the next few days. I am looking forward to the day the last piece of steel is taken down.
Read more about 333 Carroll Street here.