Unusual Sightings: A real short landing strip in Bed-Stuy

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Residents walking along Kosciuszko Street between Nostrand and Bedford Avenues may have done a second take when noticing a five-seat Cessna airplane in the yard about mid block.

The plane was put there by the owners of The Aviary, a five-story, 109-unit residential building at 41 Kosciuszko Street, which was converted from a commercial building in the past few years.

The owner, an orthodox Jew who identified himself only as Nathan, said he feels he develops communities and not just buildings. As such, the rental building has some strong amenities including a gym, a lounge, a library and a rooftop garden.

“No matter who you are or what you are or where you come from, we’re all one,” said Nathan. “Every race, religion and language lives in the building and everybody is identified as a human being and hopefully that’s how the world will be one day.”

Residents living in the building all say Nathan is a great landlord, and several residents and people working on the block said Nathan brought the airplane in to put it on the roof, but the city won’t allow it.

Nathan said the plane was recently stripped of its propeller and an artist is painting it as an installation.

Nathan and the team that bought and developed The Aviary have also recently purchased and are developing the building on the corner of Bedford Avenue and Jefferson Street.

“We’re calling it the Stable Houses because it used to be a stable,” Nathan said.

-Stephen Witt