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  1. Whoa!! There’s a runway on that roof!!! There is no way a plane could ever take off or land there, even though there seems to be a plane on the roof!

  2. hobvias sudoneighm

    The biplane on the roof is a sculpture designed by Rudolph de Harak and executed by the sculptor William Tarr in 1969.

    The plane is a full-size model of a WW1 Sopwith Camel biplane, complete with runway.

    It was put there to amuse inhabitants of surrounding skyscrapers including the World Trade Center before 9-11-01.

  3. Here’s the intrepid news chopper, filming footage of an old WWI Sopwith Camel for a human (sorry – BEAGLE) interest story…

    (Why can’t I have an ordinary dog that’s incapable of being meta like everyone else?)

  4. Is that building still Sage Realty? (Do they even exist anymore?) Sage always put some fanciful design element into each of their buildings – the clock at 110 John Street, the Piano Building on Third Ave. They could be a pain in the ass to deal with, but their hearts were always in the right place.

  5. Is that sculpture still there? I had heard the plane/runway was removed when NYU took over that building as a dorm. Or am I completely misinformed?

    I seem to remember that building has a funky ground level space too. It’s a water feature with a couple of little footbridges that they (used to at least – I haven’t been down there in years) fill up with ice skating characters during the holiday season.

  6. Nailed it!