2. There’s a plane on the roof of 77 Water Street
You’d never know it unless you had a bird’s eye view, but on the roof of 77 Water Street is a full-size model of a WWI-era fighter plane ready for takeoff. Why? You might ask. Because real estate developer Melvyn Kaufman wanted to give people in the surrounding office towers something interesting to look at.
Kaufman has been described as an “oddball” and a “sly urban prankster.” He had many quirks. one of which being that he only bought buildings with addresses that contained his lucky number seven. At 77 Water Street, the plane on the roof is only one of the building’s quirks. It also has an old timey candy store off the lobby — and yes, you really can buy candy there.