There's A British Warplane On The Roof Of A Goldman Sachs Building

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Photo: Sage Realty

Today the Wall Street Journal revealed the story behind a mysterious World War I warplane that’s parked on top of a 26-story office tower near Wall Street.Turns out the tenant of the building is none other than Goldman Sachs.

The bank first leased the property at 77 Water Street in 2001, and started subletting parts of the building in 2009 during the downturn.

Current subletters include Capco and Bill Clinton, who moved his offices from Harlem to the Financial District in April.

So what’s the deal with the plane?

The William Kaufman organisation, which built the tower in 1970, just wanted to have a little fun.

Robert Kaufman, the company’s president, told the WSJ:

When you’re in a building that’s higher, and you’re looking down, it’s pretty ugly.

So we said: ‘what can we do?’ And we got the idea of putting an aeroplane on the roof.

The plane is actually an artistic rendering of a 1916 British Sopwith Camel. It was hoisted into place by a crane, acc cording to the WSJ.

You can make out the plane on Bing Maps:

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Photo: Bing Maps

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