White Plains, NY: A City of Contrasts

Entry is an updated version of the first 3 sections of the book White Plains, New York: A City of Contrasts by Sandra Harrison published in 2013. Remaining updated versions of the book can be found under different titles listed at the end of this entry. Original Book (soft cover & e-book) is for sale at Lulu.com; other online venders. Facebook page for book under this title is also maintained by author and gives daily info:
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CONTRASTS: Today, White Plains (WP), New York (NY) is a modern city best known for its shopping centers, courts & services. Visitors come for work, study & entertainment.  A suburb of New York City, WP has an “urban” vibe offering services available to much larger cities.

In contrast, the City played an important part in the American Revolution when NY became an independent state; then a few months later the setting for a standoff between the American Continental Army & the British Empire. Had things not gone as they did, the American dream for independence might have been lost.

Throughout the city, one can still find remnants from earlier times. Many older structures have been repurposed converted into something completely different from their  original use.

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BEGINNINGS: During the early 17th century, WP was home to members of the Weckquaeskeck tribe of the Mohican Nation . Evidence shows settlements on Fisher Hill. Natives referred to the area as Quarropas, which has been translated to mean “white marches” or “plains of white.”

Perhaps the best explanation for the city’s name is that there were once numerous wetlands on which a heavy white mist would often linger. Even though many of these wetlands are gone,  mists still hover over the city where the tops of skyscrapers disappear. There is another explanation concerning groves of white balsam but John Rösch dismissed this since there were no traces of the plant by 1874.

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A number of old trails used by early inhabitants would become some of WP’s first roads. A number of streets still have Native American origins. Quarropas St is in the business district. Nosband, Shapham and Orawaupum Avenues were named after sachems (tribal chiefs). The name Kensico , which is used for a number of streets, comes from the English spelling of Chief Cockenseco.

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In 1644, the British took control of the colony renaming it NY after James II, the Duke of York and Albany. The Dutch retook the area in 1673 but this only lasted till 1674 with the end of the Third Anglo-Dutch War. In 1683, NY was divided into 12 counties of which Westchester was one the Bronx was part of it. People who came to the county found an abundance of forests trees, wildlife, fertile lands and rocks that were readily available for trade, farming and building.  Traders who came to the WP area called it “White Plains.”

Settlers came from all over Europe including Scandinavia, Germany, France and Belgium.  Groups such as the French Huguenots and  Jews came seeking freedom, while Africans were brought to the colony as slaves.  Conflicts continued with Native Americans and often resulted in violence.

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PURCHASE OF WP & COLONIAL TIMES: The Dutch, who came to N America following Henry Hudson’s explorations of 1609, set up trading posts, towns and forts along the Hudson River as far north as Albany (pictured mural from Yonkers building now torn down). The colony of New Netherland was established with New Amsterdam as its center.  Due to the high demand for furs back in Europe, the colony flourished.

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The Westchester, the site of purchase of White Plains
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On November 22, 1683, a group of Puritans from Rye bought 4,435 acres of land from the Weckquaeskeck and Siwanoy people.  The sale took place alongside a lake in the area where The Westchester Mall is now located. On the day of the purchase, WP was considered part of CT. Six days later, though , after a boundary settlement, WP became a part of NY. A drawing by John Rösch illustrating the purchase can be found at City Hall in the Clerk’s Office (pictured above). The library has a photograph in their digital collection that one can access that shows the rocks depicted in the drawing.


Soon after the purchase, John Richbell of Mamaroneck made a claim to the land. WP was part of a much larger purchase he made in 1661. John Richbell sent surveyors to the area but they were driven off. After Richbell’s death in 1684, his claim was sold to Colonel Caleb Heathcoat of Scarsdale but he too failed to reclaim the land before his death in 1706. The settlers petitioned the Governor to grant them a royal patent that would give them the rights to the  land but it was not till 1721 that a royal decree was made.  The city, though, did not forget John Richbell naming a street after him.

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The settlers came from Rye by way of an Indian trail. This road appears on early maps  as the “Road to Rye,” but in 1708 it was called “Queen’s Highway” named for Queen Anne. Today, it is known as North St.  During colonial times, WP remained a village in the Town of Rye.

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By 1697, the Village of WP was centered along another Indian trail where N & S Broadway are today.  By 1734, it was referred to as “The Village Street.”  Open space called “the Commons” was designated residential use. The commons became the center of Broadway and then Broadway Park. In 1898, Charles Tibbits, a community member, founded WP Village Park Association to improve the park that would later be renamed in his honor.

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Running through the park, the Heritage trail with red & blue markers (pictured just left)  was created by the WP Monument Committee established in 1958; is now sponsored by the WP Historical Society. It is linked to Google maps at whiteplainshistory.org. An original map of the trail that includes different areas can be found on the Town of Harrison’s website (harrison-ny.gov). Monuments in the park include the Civil War, WWI and Christopher Columbus monuments (pictured below from left to right).

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In 2009, the routes used by Generals George Washington & Jean-Baptiste Donation de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau (of France) during the later part of the Revolution were designated as a National Historic Trail.  In 2016 makers were placed in Tibbits Park marking the route that comes through WP. Information about this trail can be found at the website nps.gov/warp/index.htm. Markers like these can be found elsewhere in the area.

Other updated sections from the book can be found under the following entries for: WP and the American Revolution and War Remembrances from the Battle of WP, Westchester County Seat and Government, Waterways in White Plains, WP’s 1st Village St, WP Older Houses, Historic Traces in WP BD,  Houses of Worship, WP Schools History, Buried in WP,  WP Quarry & Farms, WP Historic Businesses & Organizations, Memorials in WP & WP Hospitals. Sources for book are listed in a separate entry Sources for Further Study of WP.
Other entries about WP (not found in the book) can be found on this website are: Demographics in White Plains, What’s in a Name: The Bar Building, Battle of WP video, Art in WP, The Arts in White Plains: Past and Present, Seeking History One Foot at a time: WP’s Walking Tours, Where is the Mamaroneck River in WP, What’s in a name? Bloomingdale Rd vs Bloomingdale’s, Presidents in WP, Martine Ave, Coloring for Adults: WP Photos, WP Neighborhoods, Origin of Names of Places in WP, Transportation in WP, How Well Do You Know WP?, Parking in WP, and Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail as well as many others.

Objection to White Plains re Development of 70 Westchester Ave.

This is the letter I emailed the City’s Mayor, Common Council and City Clerk:

I would appreciate you reading and putting in the record my objection to the development for 70 Westchester Ave and the subject of tonight’s public hearing:  


I strongly object to the project proposed for 70 Westchester Ave as I was with The Collection (and that project also seems to have stalled). 
I know it really doesn’t matter what I think and unlike most of my neighbors I have spoken up and reported issues to the City. Most people have given up because they believe the City will do what it wants to do regardless of what its residents want. City, property owners and developers make money so it just doesn’t matter anymore what the residents affected by these developments think or what they will have to put up with not only during construction but after construction. Our quality of life in this neighborhood has diminished for decades as a result of overdevelopment and will continue to be a problem for those that live here.

For the sake of the hundreds who live on Franklin and thousands that live in the Eastview neighborhood, please reconsider and require the developers make changes to the present plan. 


The buildings planned for Franklin are too high and take up too much of the properties space. They will over power the street’s other structures including mine that sits on the top of the hill. We will no longer see anything from our windows and the development will block our morning sun.  


The remaining greenspace on the street will be in the shadows and could be affected by less sun. With the addition of more cars parking in the garages and going out of The Collections lot for residents there will be more noise/ traffic/air pollution. There will be the increased threat of flooding on Franklin and Amherst due to the construction of underground garages. There will be a big increase in the number of people living on the street and more pets that now do not have enough spaces to be toileted and walked. Many people are not picking up after their dogs, toilet their dogs on others property (on the grass and onto plantings), and sometimes are walked without leashes and ones that expand to more than 8 ft. These pets are being brought into shops selling or serving food when this is illegal. Many of the buildings in the area are now no smoking and so the smokers use the sidewalks and few greenspace areas we have and the smoke goes up into the apartments. 
We will have three multi-tier garages right near each other with 2 on Franklin in addition to one on top of Stop & Shop parking lot. This means more cars entering the street, more car alarms going off, bright lights all night long and more air/noise pollution. Building alarms at Stop & Shop go off all the time (with a loud noise and flashing lights) and endlessly unless someone calls the police. This is just too many garages in such a small condensed area. 


Now, that Toll Brothers owns both areas being redeveloped, I am not sure why they do not modify the plan for The Collection so that there is only one exit/entrance to the properties with the light at Paulding. With a separate entrance for The Collection, this new Development will complicate the intersection at Paulding with vehicles including trucks wanting to go over to the left lane while others are waiting to go north. These vehicles will want to turn left at light or will make u turns to go the opposite direction. 


By putting another tall building on Franklin Otherwise, you are creating a wind tunnel on Franklin. There needs to be setbacks for these building on Franklin just like the rest of the buildings already there otherwise you have changed the street design forever. I hope they can put the tall structure and garage away from Franklin and closer to Westchester Ave. I hope they put in new sidewalks and do not remove the mature trees growing along the road. Trees help harness the wind, absorb water and anchor the soil. And, Franklin is very windy.  Will they be putting the telephone and electric lines underground as promised?


We don’t need more shops/restaurants especially empty ones and if the dealership stays it is going to continue creating issues for the area especially with the delivery and storage of hundreds of cars in the garages (above Stop & Shop, at The Westchester and every other parking lot in the City) and might even take up spaces in the garages planned for this development. Moving these cars all the time, is another contributing factor to noise, pollution and traffic. 


More people will compete for the few parking spaces on Franklin. And there is little enforcement of the 2-hour limit and no parking overnight. Many people park on Franklin to avoid parking fees City Center area and The Westchester.  The shops along The Westchester near Franklin do not have parking lots. There are now empty shops at The Westchester.  We need a delivery area at the top of Franklin since that is where the deliveries are made. I have asked for this to change with the one at the bottom by Amherst but this was turned down twice. Deliver trucks often block traffic on Franklin and park on sidewalks on side where parking is not allowed. Cars/trucks often block entrances to driveways and even the crosswalk at top of street. Vehicles/stop often park on Westchester Ave in crosswalks and in the traffic lane. 
Area is blighted due to the neglect of not just the present owners of the two properties who do not maintain or use the property without regard to those living in the near areas but by the other neighbors in the area that will be staying including the City. Those old buildings at Key Fords were falling apart for years and yet it took complaints from people like myself to see them leveled. The owners of the former Key Ford dealership do not maintain their sidewalk on Franklin and during the winter this was a difficult place to walk as it is not flat. I cleared an area of weeds and litter that was on the sidewalk during shut down where the entrance was on the street. So much dirt had accumulated there, that it was growing weeds. The property that had been a parking lot for Key Fords looked more like an overgrown forest full of litter, shopping carts storing the bottle collectors’ hoard. 


These new developments will not erase urban blight but in fact they will just create more. As time goes on, the owners of the newest properties often neglect them and fail to maintain their sidewalks as required by the City. And, then the City fails to enforce its ordinances. These new developments will not be the Gateway into the City but the areas that are there now. They are not well maintained and weeds overgrown onto the sidewalks. There is the City building next to a gas station that has been under construction for like 5 years, the unmaintained Stop & Shop property with lots of carts,  Hyundai dealership and Avis. The sidewalks here have been horrible for years and the area by Westchester Burger needs a redo. 


Some of the bad neighbors in the area are The White Plains Coach Diner, Avis,  Enterprise, Stop & Shop and now the building at 26 Franklin Ave. They have contributed to the decline of the neighborhood and are the reason for our urban blight, bad smells, pollution and noise. The wind carries dirt up the hill of Franklin and the areas between my window’s screens and the inside window is filled with dirt. The top of the garage for my building outside my window is filled with dirt and it settles in the drain and weeds are growing out of it. 


White Plains Diner does not maintain its frontage area very well. There is a tree out front by Westchester Ave that is full of weeds overgrowing onto road. Litter is not cleaned up and goes into the storm drain they have at the entrance. During the pandemic they even strung a banner advertising beer along the street between two of the trees along the sidewalk. The Diner stinks up the neighborhood and this summer there has been an awful grease smell. And, because this diner is open 24/7, the smell is at all hours. Cars often make U turns from Westchester Ave going down the hill from Armory Place at the Paulding light and head north on Westchester Ave. Many are taxi drivers picking up passengers or letting ones out at Diner. Diner noise from garbage trucks at 5 am.

Enterprise does not maintain their frontage area and has a bush that over extends to the small sidewalk area. They do not always clear the sidewalk area and it becomes ice in colder months. They clean their cars with water and it freezes.  The overgrown bush in front is filled with litter and is never cleaned or trimmed off sidewalk. During the pandemic I actually trimmed some of this bush because it was very difficult to go by on foot. 

Stop & Shop property areas along Westchester Ave and S. Kensico are just horrible. They do not always clear the snow like after a big storm last year. There is litter and shopping carts all over the property and they are often taken off the property and left in the surrounding community. Many are left on sidewalks and in the streets.  Pedestrian entrance to Stop & Shop should be redesigned. Most people cut through where the vehicles enter. The parking lot is filthy and the lot that was supposed to be for residents in Eastview is now not being used. Neither is the entrance for the upper lot on S Kensico but the walk sign there is still running and barriers there are an eye sore. The store posts signs on S. Kensico and they are not regulated or appealing. The litter and garbage left there attract vermin including rats, mice and feral pigeons.
Chrysler Dealer leaves entrance to service area open so there is often lots of noise. They have a very loud machine going all day and night that is very disturbing at night. They decided to have a party Sept 21 with a loud music and a strove light that started earlier at 3:30 pm blasting so loud that noise vibrated off my building. Often cars are delivered in early mornings and too many cars are stored at Stop & Shop and the mall that need to be transferred to dealership all the time. Too many people make u turns on Franklin and area should be shut to truck traffic except for those having business on street. 

Avis doesn’t clean up its green space and there is a lot of litter there by sidewalk. I cleared a shopping cart during the shutdown that was there for years. Cars/trucks coming out of Avis and Westchester Burger sometimes cross into the intersection of Bloomingdale Rd and Westchester Ave causing confusion for cars turning left from Bloomingdales on to Westchester Ave. 


Pet store (Doggies City) at 30 Westchester Ave near Franklin has fencing that goes right to sidewalk, has a filthy yard often with feces and its plants go onto the sidewalk. The area is usually not cleared of litter and the pet owners allow their pets in yard barking at cars and people walking by. This noise is very disturbing and can be heard more than 50 ft away. 

The storm drains on Franklin, Amherst and Windsor Terrace in street are often filled with litter. This area accumulates water/ice and during IDA parts of the street on Amherst got ruined with chunks are either at the drain or have gone in. If this area continues to flood and gets worse, the fields for Eastview will be at risk for flooding. Because of the lack of parking enforcement on the street the street has been filthy with the same litter there for weeks and washing down to the storm drains during heavy downpours. 

Carts often accumulate at the Franklin Lot and they are often filled with litter and garbage.  Litter ends up in the school playing fields. Pollution has blackened the parking lot overhanging the school’s field.  Franklin Parking Lot is used by not just residents but Youth Bureau. It has many cars parking there that are not even permitted. A person is feeding a feral cat near the falling down fence for Westchester Burger. The sidewalk is not well maintained and needs replacing. 

Twenty-six Franklin Ave has become a hazard and a noise problem for the neighborhood. They often use a blower in the evening and other gardening equipment after 6pm and into the evening after 7pm.  The building dates from around 1924 and the back stairwell is being used as a terrace. Too many things are being stored there that should not be and a dog is allowed to be on the stairs barking all the time very loudly. There is smoking and tenants were barbequing under the covered stairs this summer. They now have more cars in their lot and moved their garbage to the other side of the building and there is a lot of things there like a mattress and one car on Oct 2 was on the sidewalk during the night. There is a young man living there who has two dirt bikes now taking them for runs doing wheelies in the middle of Franklin’s hill but also in my building’s parking lot. The person does not wear a helmet. The noise is terrible and dirt bikes are not allowed on the street or in my building’s lot. I think they are parking a van for a business in the lot. The overgrowth from the trees/vines at the property border with the dealership is growing on the telephone lines. The front yard is not well maintained either and there is overgrowth on to the sidewalk. 
We need a light at Franklin and Westchester Ave not just to allow pedestrians to cross but to allow traffic from Armory Place to come in Westchester Ave safely and be able to go into Franklin Ave At times with traffic backed up it is impossible to get from Armory Pl to Franklin and even get out of Franklin to go north on Westchester Av. With the increase of people living on Westchester Ave there is going to be the need for a safer crossing. It would also be nice to put back a crossing area from Tibbits across Armory place to where The Westchester is. Many cross here anyways. 

Parking should be brought back to areas along Westchester Ave where the City has greenspace so Franklin does not bear the burden of cars parking for shops on Westchester Ave but also for people going to City Center area, S Broadway and even the Westchester. This area could then be used by cars breaking down on the busy Westchester Ave and for City trucks to park for maintenance of the area across from Tibbits that is not designated park land. Area is used by dog owners and now smokers since many of the apartments have now gone smokeless. 
Apartments on Franklin have set backs from the street and these two projects will not be so they will be right up to the sidewalks. I hope they will fix the sidewalks without taking out the mature trees and at least maintain them by clearing litter, garbage, carts and snow. This is not the case now on any consistent basis. Sidewalk for the City lot should also be redone. City does not do a good job of maintaining this property as well with green overgrowth and removing the shopping carts. 

Flooding has become an issue as the City redevelops large lots. My building has flooding in the lobby since the City Center went in. Water goes downhill and goes to the lowest areas and ones that are vulnerable to flooding. Underground garages are vulnerable and the lowest area on Franklin is with Amherst though there are 4 drains there. Because the street is not cleaned properly litter from the street goes into the drains. Amherst was damaged near the intersection with Franklin during Ida and pieces of the street are scattered in the road and by one drain. Clearing the drains on street level is not the only areas that need clearing but below where the water goes into pipes. 


The Collection and the addition of this project for 70 Westchester that extends to Franklin is not only going to add to urban blight issues but change Eastview completely. Maybe that is the intention to block the view of the neighborhood that the City is ashamed of though it is the home to thousands of residents. Many businesses and apartments are maintained well but there are some bad ones that this development will not change. Rewarding property owners for their bad practices is just beyond me. The area is going to be like that on Martine that is across from the City Center Parking lot though the difference is the street there is much wider. The parking lot is still a parking lot and the areas by the sidewalk will just gather litter and become dog toilets. Pollution from the many cars will just travel elsewhere.


With all the planned development, City is not increasing its services (fire, police, public works). This puts everyone in City at danger from the increase in crime, mental illness, drug use, air, water and noise pollution, spread of pandemics, water pollution and flooding. No new parks or open space for the public has been planned and this only puts more stress on the community. Crowding more people into the same small areas is not healthy and there will be a decline in the quality of life for all its residents. Homeless, vagrants and bottle people are frequent. 
Our roads are in horrible condition in many places because of the traffic and the lines for dividing streets and crosswalks are not painted often enough, so are fading or are completely wiped out. 


Developers and Lawyers representing the owners might claim they have reached out to residents, but I was never informed or any of the neighbors I spoke to. Most of the apartments on Franklin are Cooperatives like mine and if the Property Management knew or Boards knew they are under no obligation to notify residents. My Board not only did not do this but ignored my request for information about the Brownfield application. City owns the senior apartment building at Windsor that borders Franklin and Amherst. Did the City notify those residents? I did ask one man who lives there that is blind and he did not know of the new plans for 70 Westchester. We DO NOT HAVE a neighborhood Association and Tenants Associations are Boards; do not represent tenants/residents or citizens. They run the buildings. Shops in the area might love the new developments because it might help bring in customers, but these owners do not live in this neighborhood.

Sandra Harrison

Can’t Remember

Can’t remember what my life was like before the pandemic,

Before my mother fell in her house,

Before I became her POA.

And, do all her finances.

It’s like my retirement came to an end.

And, now I work for my mother

But, instead of getting paid,

It’s costing me

Not just my time and money,

But,

My

Sanity.

Lugging incontinence supplies,

Buying her powder.

Figuring out ways to make her life easier,

And, my life better.

Pandemic made me more of a homebody,

Getting more deliveries

Avoiding people

Eating out

Shopping

Visiting Museums

Or, just hanging out on a park bench.

Drive more,

Walk less.

Truly, wish things were as they were before,

But, they never will.

I just know it.

Never going to get back those days,

Those months

Or years.

Its like being in the Twilight Zone

Or a Dean Knootz novel

Stuck like a broken record

In, an endless loop

Making me so tired

I just want to sleep

Till reality wakes me back again.

Photo by Stacey Gabrielle Koenitz Rozells on Pexels.com

Divided

Our Country has always been divided

And, you might ask, “When did we ever get along?”

From USA’s early existence

Through its Revolutionary past

And, now with the most recent Jan 6 insurrection

Reasons might have been different

But none the less,

There were always things to be unhappy about.

Even without phones, TV or computers.

People just didn’t always get along,

With their governments,

Their neighbors,

Or even their families.

Many came to America for this very reason,

And, things just didn’t improve as the country expanded.

Its a wonder how we ever got together to fight a war,

Against the British Empire.

Articles of Confederation took years to sign

And, even after it was, there were problems.

Violence was often a part of the American experience

No surprise there, actually.

Now, we have Twitter; Facebook to divide us

With others just trying to stir things up

Guess nothing ever changes,

And. perhaps nothing ever will.

Protect yourself,

Your future.

And, it might be best to figure out a way through it

Without driving you nuts.

Mammoth Garage of White Plains

From: https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2010/04/08/was-the-privates-car-a-g-j-g

The Mammoth Garage is no longer and the building was demolished for The Mitchell construction on Mamaroneck Ave. This is the story by Daniel Strohl

“The private’s car and the Mammoth Garage

By Daniel Strohl on Apr 8th, 2010 at 8:02 am


In This Article: Category: Motorsports

When we presented the photo that Marianne DeAngelis of the New York Guard sent us of a mystery racing machine helmed by Private Lewis van Alstyne and his dog Viola, much of the speculation of the identity of the car circled around Fiat or, possibly, Thomas. Yet David Greenlees is very sure neither of those answers is correct; instead, he’s almost positive that the car in question is a G.J.G. More specifically, he believes it to be a one-off racing machine built by G.J.G., and – get this – he thinks it still exists. G.J.G., for those of you without access to a Standard Catalog, stands for George Jacob Grossman, designer of the vehicle, built in White Plains, New York.

Grossman appears to have come from a well-to-do family: His father owned a successful furniture manufacturing business, and the family bankrolled the innovative construction of the factory as well as the company itself with a combined capital of $10,000 (about $241,000 today). Starting in 1909, Grossman offered two basic lines, the 26hp Junior, riding on a 104-inch wheelbase, and the 42hp Senior, riding on a 121-inch wheelbase and bestowed with dashing names like Pirate, Scout, Comfort and Carryall. Some sources claim the G.J.G. was nothing more than an assembled car, built from European components, but the Senior was reportedly able to reach speeds of 65 MPH, causing some observers to claim the initials stood for “Go, Jesus, Go!”  Grossman was involved in racing: He offered his garage as the headquarters for the Isotta Fraschini team in the Briarcliff Race of 1908, and he is known to have built at least one race car himself, using a 60hp Wisconsin T-head engine and Brown and Lipe transmission on a Pirate roadster chassis. After G.J.G. advertised it as capable of at least 70 MPH, Paul G. Thebaud of White Plains bought it and entered it in the 10-mile non-stock free-for-all race against three Mercers, a Maxwell and a Fiat in the October 1912 automobile, motorcycle and bicycle races at the White Plains fairgrounds; we so far have found no record of how well Thebaud performed in that race.


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According to subsequent owners of the car, it at one point threw a rod through the crankcase, then was hit broadside, but repaired both times. At one point, it was owned by Frank Snook, then later by W.W. Bogardus, until he sold it to Tony LaPorta in 1955. LaPorta advertised it in Hemmings in 1991 (asking $70,000), but held on to it until 1995, when he sold it to Fred Hoch of Schaeffer and Long, the current owner of the car, who supplied us with much of this information and many of these photos.When exactly Lewis van Alstyne owned it, we don’t know. We do know that he was born in 1893 in Kinderhook, New York, served in World War I (which fits with his service in the New York Guard), attended the Massachusetts State College and became renowned for his landscape artistry before dying in 1951.

As for the G.J.G. factory, when the Grossman family opened it as the Mammoth Garage in 1908, not far from the intersection of Post Road and Mamaroneck Avenue, it garnered quite a bit of press for a couple reasons. One, it was allegedly the largest garage in the world, thanks to a new construction technique which involved concrete beams spanning the 80-foot width of the garage and which allowed for a completely pillarless floorplan (depth of the garage measured 250 feet). Two, the façade of the garage featured three tusked mammoth heads made of plaster, each two to three feet tall and fitted with orange light bulbs that glowed at night.

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In 1913, Grossman found himself defending himself against a tire company’s lawsuit over the design of the car’s inverted triangle logo; while he won the lawsuit, he soon after told the press he intended to manufacture his cars elsewhere, but then sometime before the end of 1913 closed up shop for good.

According to Renoda Hoffman’s book on White Plains history, “Yesterday in White Plains: A Picture History of a Vanished Era,” the building later housed (sans the mammoth heads) the White Plains branch of the Uppercut Cadillac chain of dealerships, the largest Cadillac distributor on the East Coast. By the late 1930s, the building housed an Oldsmobile dealership. Hemmings Muscle Machines editor Terry McGean, who grew up in White Plains, said he recalls the building housing a drugstore when he grew up, a memory that Hoffman confirms, and today, its façade much altered, it appears to house a dollar store and a billiards hall.

Was the private’s car a G.J.G.? The shape of the radiator on the G.J.G. speedster seems slightly different, but is the closest shape we’ve seen to the shape of the radiator on the private’s car. The frame, however, appears to be a perfect match (see the four rivets?), as do the gas tank and shock absorbers. Plus, I’m not in the habit of doubting David Greenlees’s expertise in such matters.”

Climbing towers and Crossing Bridges

Do you remember ever climbing to the top of a tower? I have done so many times but mostly when I was younger. I was less scared of heights back then. I have no trouble on top of mountains or cliffs cause they are naturally made. Do not trust man made towers or bridges as much.

Remember going up the Washington Monument in Washington DC where I believe we walked down after going up in elevator. Climbed the Statue of Liberty as a young child and then when in college. Climbed fire towers at Gettysburg with father and in some woods in Pound Ridge, NY.

Statue of Liberty
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Statue of Liberty steps to top
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Stairs at Washington Monument

I remember going up Bunker Hill monument after doing the Freedom trail. It took me 20 min to cross the center of Charles River where the street opened to a metal see through grate. I was scared out of my life. Reminded me of Brooklyn Bridge where the rushing traffic made the old planks harder to cross (planks were replaced).

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Boston Bridge over Charles River
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Inside steps of Bunker Hill

Walked across Hudson at Poughkeepsie and actually the cement paved former rail track was not scary at all. But once crossed an old rail track in the snow on a hike and I was scared out of my mind.

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Walk Across the Hudson

I have driven over bridges but when I was doing the driving, it was not such a great experience. Like over the Golden Gate, the former Tappan Zee bridge in NY in high winds and driving CJ Jeep and other bridge crossings for Hudson (Bear Mountain, Rip Van Winkle) but most scary ones were those going to Newport RI and once during a gale storm. I was like the only one on bridge driving into the wind and actually stopped and kissed the ground after getting over the 2nd. The winds were like over 40 mi an hour with pelting rain. It was worth the trip since Newport was a great place to visit

Claiborne Pell Newport RI Bridge
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Jamestown Bridge RI
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Tappan Zee (now demolished)
Bear Mountain Observation Tower
Bear Mountain Foot Bridge
Bear Mountain Bridge from Anthony’s Nose
Observation Tower in Great Smokey Mountains

Crossed a lot of bridges in my trips to London and Paris. There are lots of them. Tower of London Bridge had a tower in the center area to climb or use the elevator to then cross on top. I even crossed that bridge with locks that fell into river in Paris so they had to remove the locks.

Tower of London Bridge
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Locks of Love Paris

Travelled south on 95 a number of times and lots of bridges to cross on the way south to Virginia, Georgia, Asheville NC, South Carolina, Savanah, Charleston, Outer Banks, and many others. Lots of bridges to and from and on Long Island.

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Delaware Memorial Bridge

A few bridges for pedestrians in Israel into old City of Jerusalem. Those were not a problem cause many had stone. Went from Mamilla Mall to Jaffa Gate. Polished stones in old city were very hard to walk on. I had a cane.

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Mamilla Mall had bridges across and one to Mamilla Hotel where I was staying
Bridge from Manilla Mall to Jaffa Gate Jerusalem
Picture of Mall from the bridge above taken by me in 2016
View of Tower from Mamilla Hotel Roof
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David’s Citadel Jerusalem
Steps upstairs that were too small for me to try inside the Citadel

Lots of bridges going 95 to Stamford, Mystic, and Norwalk. In 1983, my fears about bridges man made were confirmed. A 100 ft section on Interstate 95 bridge crossing Mianus River in Greenwich, CT, collapsed. I recently crossed this bridge and every time I do, I remember this collapse.

Great main Streets to visit in westchester and beyond

Great Towns where one can walk a nice Main Street or Business District. Some are close to White Plains and others are worth a trip but farther away.

Hartsdale has a nice area of stores and restaurants near the railroad station.

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Scarsdale has a nice area near train to shop and go to a restaurant.

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Bronxville has a nice street by the train station where there are shops and restaurants as well as a movie theater.

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Purchase Street in Rye City is a favorite street for browsing and dining. Train is there but on New Haven line. I get my car serviced in Rye so I usually walk the street when I go. Some shops moved during pandemic like Patisserie Salzburg of Rye and the Arcade Booksellers.

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Katonah, NY is a nice place to visit for a few hours or for a day with lots of small shops worth going into and plenty of restaurants. Parking is free. One can also take the train from White Plains and walk around. There is the museum near by.

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Katonah, NY
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Hardware
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Bedford Hills along 22 is a mixture of old and newer structures. Court House is original for 1787. Shops and restaurants worth stopping for. If you search there is the Post Rd marker in a grassy area and an old school house. White Plains and Bedford shared the county seat for about 80 years after the Revolution and Bedford had a bigger population.

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1787 Court House

Cold Springs, NY is a collectible or antique delight. It has a hill with shops/restaurants and an area by the Hudson. Restaurant by the tracks is my favorite.

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Saratoga Springs not just a horse town but has state parks that you can take a bath, museums, concerts and great old homes.

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Greenwich Ave, Greenwich, CT is a great two blocks or more of shops and restaurants. Check out the side streets.

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Lighthouses

Don’t know when exactly but fell in love with Lighthouses as a teenager. And, don’t remember which one I saw first or climbed first. I have since my teen years visited or viewed lighthouses. Perhaps, it is why I fell in love with Edward Hopper’s paintings. He painted a lot of lighthouses.

Framed Lighthouse at Two Lights Print
Lighthouse at two lights in Maine by Hopper

Perhaps, it is the light itself at the top with all the mirrors or a romantic notion about bringing sailors home from out at sea has attracted me but often a lighthouse lets you know that the shore is there. The in turn the lighthouses give me hope like the beacon of light they send off.

Lighthouses I have visited include:

Block Island Lighthouses visited but only from outside. Remember a lot of birds at the South Light. I went out of season in April many decades ago when a snow storm hit the East Coast and closed the Ferry for a number of days. It could have been the April Fools Blizzard of 1997. I remember walking along the coast line where the lighthouse stood and ice was spitting at me from the sea. I remember though a fence around the perimeter so I could not get close.

North Light House, Block Island, RI
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Southeast Light, Block Island, RI
Cape May Lighthouse
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Montauk, LI Lighthouse
Cape Cod Light House with brother and mother

Only viewed lighthouse from the New Jersey side of the bridge when I used to walk the trail below the Palisades. Shore path walked was from Alping NY to just below the Bridge.

Red Lighthouse under George Washington Bridge
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New Haven Lighthouse

West Coast:

Point Reyes Lighthouse was the most thrilling and for me the most dangerous climb to one with all those steps going down toward Pacific Ocean. The wind was so strong. I did explore the inside as well.

Point Reyes Lighthouse just North of San Francisco

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Alcatraz Island Lighthouse

Ideas for the Home

I hated the old bathroom I have especially with the old tooth brushes and soap dispenser above the sink. I took a piece of wood and put across so I have a shelf instead. Using a jar from yogurt container for tooth brush.

Recent visit to Gardening center in Bedford had some nice things among the plants. Love the head in the garden and other things. Water

Ice Cream White Plains Style

Ice Cream Social a new ice cream shop is trending on Face Book (FB) and with Westchester Magazine. The store is at a former gas station that was featured in an old add for the Chinese Restaurant that is still across the street. Then it became a flower shop. They have parking but locale is a bit off from rest of Downtown. I would get teens to push ice cream into Downtown or get a truck to bring ice cream to Farmer’s Market and other parts of City but there are other places in WP to get ice cream.

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Hong Kong Chef across the street ad in front of gas station that is now Ice Cream Social.

At one time there were more ice cream shops but many closed like Carvel, Basket and Robbins and Häagen-Dazs on Mamaroneck Ave. I was a frequent user of those shops and ice cream shop at City Center Cold Stone Creamery. Then we had the frozen yogurt shops that are mostly closed.

Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt Shops in White Plains:

Cold Stone Creamery at City Center on Mamaroneck Ave.

Ice Cream Social on Mamaroneck Ave.

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Haagen-Dazs at The Westchester

Restaurants often serve deserts with ice cream/frozen yogurt choices:

T-swirl Crepe 151 Mamaroneck

Ice cream is still available at the grocery shops in White Plains and some smaller shops.

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Stop & Shop

Shoprite

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Ice Cream Parlor of the past on Mamaroneck Ave

Who’s Buried in White Plains, NY?

From another website Find a Grave:

“Ralph Waite
Birth: 22 Jun 1928 White Plains, Westchester County, New York, USA
Death: 13 Feb 2014 (aged 85) Palm Desert, Riverside County, California, USA
Burial: White Plains Rural Cemetery, White Plains, Westchester County, New York, USA
Plot: Section 7, Lot 911-A
Memorial #: 125110563
Bio: Actor. He will be best remembered for playing ‘John Walton’, patriarch of the family in the TV series “The Waltons” (1972 to 1981). Following high school, he served with the United States Marine Corps shortly after World War II. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bucknell University and later attended Yale’s Divinity School which resulted in his being ordained a Presbyterian minister. He landed a position as a religious editor for the publisher Harper and Row and took an interest in liberal politics. Acting also became an important part in Waite’s life and after experiencing a role in the off-Broadway play “The Balcony” in 1960, he marked his Broadway debut in the production of “Marathon 33” (1963 to 1964). His break in motion pictures happened when he was cast for the part of Alibi in the Paul Newman vehicle “Cool Hand Luke” (1967). Although his career in entertainment was now ascending, his personal issues mounted. He had for a period struggled with alcohol abuse and in 1969, he lost his nine-year old daughter to leukemia. In 1970, he appeared opposite Jack Nicholson in “Five Easy Pieces”. In 1977, he received an Emmy Award nomination for the mini-series “Roots” and in 1978, he earned an Emmy Award nomination for “The Waltons”. He went on to star in the TV series “The Mississippi” (1984) and was a cast member in “Carnivale” (2003 to 2005) and the soap opera “The Days of Our Lives” (2009 to 2013). From 2008 until 2013, he had a recurring role as ‘Jackson Gibbs’ in the TV series “NCIS”.
Family Members
Parents
Ralph Harold Waite 1905-1955
Esther Mitchell Waite 1906-1951
Siblings
Joan M Waite Hanlon 1929-1979
Donald M. Waite 1939-1998
Children
Sharon Barbara Waite 1955-1964
Maintained by: Find a Grave
Originally Created by: C.S. (46798780)
Added: 13 Feb 2014
URL: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/125110563/ralph-waite
Citation: Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/125110563/ralph-waite : accessed 05 August 2021), memorial page for Ralph Waite (22 Jun 1928–13 Feb 2014), Find a Grave Memorial ID 125110563, citing White Plains Rural Cemetery, White Plains, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .”

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