CEO of Sciame Construction
OHNY Site Sponsor & Supporter
Lives in Midtown, Manhattan
1. Are you a native New Yorker? If not, when and why did you move here?
Yes, I am a native New Yorker and decided to build my company here because I love New York. I worked my way through college as a carpenter doing minor construction jobs. After graduating with a degree in architecture, I went to work for a general contractor. I was shocked to find out that you could put a profit on top of a day’s pay. So, I took a leap of faith and in June of 1975, I left my job. It was three months before getting married. My wife thought I was nuts. I started the business off very small and eventually built it up the respectable size it is today.
2. Do you have a favorite place/neighborhood in the city?
The 57th Street corridor would be my favorite. I think it is special to experience it from river to river. I also appreciate 59th Street with Columbus Circle, Central Park and all the shopping. I think it’s a great area of the city.
3. Why is OHNY important to New York City?
I think it’s a great way to communicate with each other. It gives everybody a chance in different fields–but especially people in the arts and architecture–to experience the built environment first hand.
4. How and when did you first learn about OHNY?
I first leaned about OHNY when I was asked to arrange for a group to see one of our buildings. It didn’t occur to me that this would be something that people would be interested in doing. We are so used to being in our buildings. I think everyone likes to be the first to see something. So, when you can see a building before it’s finished, there’s a certain amount of intrigue involved.
5. If OHNY could grant you a New York City all-access pass, where would you go first?
I would first visit the water tunnels that are being built. That must be pretty extraordinary to see and experience!
6. It goes without saying that we all love New York City. What do you find most inspiring about the city?
It’s the island at the center of the world! It’s where it all started for North America. I am constantly inspired by the enormous continual growth of the city. And you’re helping to do that! Yes, I suppose I am.
7. What do you think is New York’s best-kept secret?
The fact that New York is really like a small town. No one ever says that, but it is true, especially during times of crisis. Everyone pulls together and supports one another just like you would expect a small town to do.
8. In one sentence, why should people support OHNY?
People should support OHNY because it provides the only opportunity for New Yorkers in all different fields to see inside the wonderful buildings of New York City. It’s truly a unique and tremendous opportunity.