Fact Check: New York Giant U-Shaped Skyscraper Is Not Real -- It's Just A Proposed Design From 2017

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: New York Giant U-Shaped Skyscraper Is Not Real -- It's Just A Proposed Design From 2017 Fantasy

Is there a giant U-shaped skyscraper in New York that is so big a plane can easily fly between its uprights? No, that's not true: This image of a large building in Manhattan is just an architectural design for a proposed building that had not been built as of September 2021.

The claim appeared as a Facebook post (archived here) published by Facts & Quotes on September 7, 2021. It opened:

New York giant U-shaped skyscraper is so big that even a plane can easily go through it.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Sep 9 17:45:42 2021 UTC)

The image is from a proposal by Oiio Studio in New York City, dating back to 2017. Named "The Big Bend," the building was designed by architect Ioannis Oikonomou. It was proposed to be built on Billionaire's Row, the wealthy enclave on 57th Street from Columbus Circle to Park Avenue. The concept was touted as "the world's longest building" as it would be approximately 4,000 feet if measured from end to end.

From the firm's website:

THE BIG BEND
... There are many different ways that can make a building stand out, but in order to do so the building has to literary stand out.
... New York city's zoning laws have created a peculiar set of tricks trough which developers try to maximize their property's height in order to infuse it with the prestige of a high rise structure. But what if we substituted height with length? What if our buildings were long instead of tall?
If we manage to bend our structure instead of bending the zoning rules of New York we would be able to create one of the most prestigious buildings in Manhattan. The longest building in the world. The Big Bend can become a modest architectural solution to the height limitations of Manhattan. We can now provide our structures with the measurements that will make them stand out without worrying about the limits of the sky.
Ioannis Oikonomou ( design architect )
2017

Here is another image of the proposed building:

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Curbed reported in 2017 that the building was unlikely to gain the approval of community or preservation groups that were opposed to other mega-tall buildings in the city. Business Insider reported in 2017 that the designers were looking for investors for the building.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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