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 used to be 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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Former 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.

Whole Foods

Stop & Shop


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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
Ralph Harold Waite 1905-1955
Esther Mitchell Waite 1906-1951
Joan M Waite Hanlon 1929-1979
Donald M. Waite 1939-1998
Sharon Barbara Waite 1955-1964
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Originally Created by: C.S. (46798780)
Added: 13 Feb 2014
Citation: Find a Grave, database and images ( : 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 .”

Famous People Born in White Plains

Carolyn Bessett-Kennedy (married to John F Kennedy Jr

Adam Bradley (Mayor of WP 2010-2011

Brian Burton (Known as Danger mouse, musician, songwriter and producer

Joseph Campbell (author and expert on myth and legend)

Frank Enea (musician, composer)

Erin Cardillo (actress)

Jennifer Damiano (actress in Next to Normal, Spider-Man, Turn off the Dark

Dan Duryea (actor, graduated WPHS)

Johnny Farrell (golfer, 1928 US Open Champion)

Noah Fleiss (actor)

Drew Dru-Ha Friedman (Hip Hop record executive of Duck Down Music Inc.

Channing Frye (Basketball NBA Forward)

Robecca Goldstein (writer: novels, short story, biographer, philosoher)

Shelley Hack (actress and supermodel)

Robert Harmon (American film and TV director)

David Harbour (actor)

Eric Holtz (Head Coach of Israel National Baseball Team)

Eric Holtz (Head coach of Israel National Baseball Team)

Bob Hyland (NFL lineman; Bar owner and ran for mayor)

Deacon Jones (Infielder MLB)

Jonathan Larson (writer Rent)

Mike McGlone (actor)

Emily McLaughlin (actress)

Kevin Meaney (Comedian, actor)

Chris Murphy (CT Senator)

Joseph Polchinski (theoretical physicist and string theorist)

Scott Reiniger (actor)

JD Roberto (Game show host, writer)

Alfred Romer (American paleontologist)

Vanessa Rousso (Poker player)

Roberto Schaefer (Cinematographer)

George E Smith (Nobel prize American physicist)

Ralph Waite (actor, Waltons) He is buried in WP in WP Rural Cemetery

Chris Watson (American-Israeli basketball player)

James Whitmore (actor)

Mark Zuckerberg (Founder of Facebook)


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That’s Me

Yonkers New York History

Found on internet: I grew up in Yonkers and this is a bit of a history lesson and well written. From:

Hudson River Waterfront Present & Future- Historic River Towns of Westchester County, Westchester County Dept. of Planning June 1998

Larry James

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Learned this from Buckout Road FB (Facebook) posting:

“This is Larry James.

“At the racially charged 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, the former White Plains High School track star stood tall and won multiple Olympic Medals. The games were held just a few months after the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy.

Known as “The Mighty Burner,” the 6′, 150 pound James achieved a silver medal in the 400 Meter Dash, and along with his teammates, captured Olympic gold by shattering the world record in the 400×4 relay. James ran the third leg of the race, clocking an astonishing 43.9 seconds. To put in perspective, Usain Bolt, who is known for his shorter distance runs, has a career-best time of 45.28 in the 400 meters, and the current world record, held by South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk, is 43.03.

Shortly after the Olympics, the fastest man from Westchester County proudly joined the US Marine Corps and rose to the rank of major. In 2003, he joined Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph, and Carl Lewis in the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.”

There are videos on line for those interested.

Getting Rid of a Nuisance-Bottle Collectors

How can you get rid of nuisance in White Plains?

Bottle collectors go onto others property and often make a mess of recycle bins while making a lot of noise. Bottle collectors take over whole sidewalks with their bags and do not clean the recyclables as required so they often muck up the machines at grocery stores.

Get rid of them by taking off the labels of soda, beer and water bottles and punching holes in cans where barcodes are. Crush cans and water bottles so they take up less room in your bins.

It is actually illegal for people to enter your property to go through your bins and take things from your property. It is also illegal for them to take the recyclables left for city on sidewalks. Let teens go from door to door collecting cans and bottles so they can make summer money if you want your bottles/cans to go to someone.

To “Citizens to be Heard” a City activist group.

City Hall before the make over. And, in Winter.

Wow, don’t understand what this group’s purpose is for anymore. Got attacked on their Facbook Group for wanting my neighborhood of Eastview to be as nice as the rest of the City. It is full of shopping carts, traffic from car dealer, litter, dumped items, storm drains filled with debris and lots of noise by barking dogs, cars zooming down the hill and businesses like the diner that don’t care that they are stinking up the air because they do not properly filter their air vents. My concerns were called petty. This was compared to saving one tree at WPHS or about someone wanting to find a contractor?

Is the Citizens to be Heard Group for people who want to promote their businesses or to find a missing dog by equating it to looking for a person? By the way, Eastview has lost a number of its trees one that was well over a hundred years old due to a strange lighting hail storm. But, other plants and trees came down just because the city wanted them down. And, they were never replaced. Our trees and bushes are home to hundreds of birds and other creatures.

I thought when I met the group at City Hall when I went to a hearing about The Collection that many on my street were against though they remained silent and City just approved anyway, I found a place to have a voice. But, instead I got called a Karen though the definition doesn’t fit me and there were more important things to complain about than a clean environment.

I also was concerned about our City that is losing its historic character one building at a time. When I wrote about what was still here from our past, I was amazed at how much was here but when I published my book after starting a blog in 2012, I had no idea how many of our older buildings would be knocked down to be replaced with high rise luxury rentals where tenants have little voice in how their buildings are run. Don’t want to leave White Plains as many suggested I do just cause I complained. Should we all just run away when we can’t improve things or make our lives better? Retired Special Educator who spent 31.5 years trying to educate the City’s forgotten but when I moved her could not afford a house. I just moved my mother to The Bristal and have lived in two neighborhoods.

Sadly, the block that I lived on in the Highlands on Davis from 1980 to 1988 but frequently go to my doctors has also become an ugly mess of litter, dog feces and broken sidewalks. The hospital took over a house and made it into a parking lot and the hospital hasn’t put in enough parking so it is impossible to find parking on the street with cars parking in driveways. But, this seems to be okay with some and my wanting our City to be cleaner, less noisy and less polluted isn’t.

What is the purpose of this Group?

I guess, I will just continue to go as an individual to make changes in our City. And, they are not just cosmetic. These are a few of the things that got done after complaining to City.

  1. Replacing benches for Vogt and Anderson memorials on City land along Westchester Ave from Franklin and Main St. Had to go through Beautification Foundation, and City with lots of help from Commissioner Bass of Rec/Parks. I paid for 3 benches.
  2. Redoing Tibbits park pathway around Civil War Memorial (Met with Commissioner Bass and Assistant Commissioner of Public Works to fix area that was damaged and erosion was being caused by snowplows. Fixing memorial plaque for Anderson by benches in front of Broadpark Lodge.
  3. Tearing down of former Key Fords that was falling down and fencing to Franklin Lot was damaged.
  4. Reporting zombie property to NY that goes from Amherst to Mitchell Place. Removal of garden, debris and clipping of bushes. Had to keep on reporting problems on sidewalk and fencing.
  5. Putting in new trees on Main St that were dead when new sidewalk went in with building of Cambria Hotel.
  6. Accessible Farmer’s Market. When market opened on Court St, there were vans and barriers not allowing people in wheel chairs to get into market. Took pictures and sent to Rec/Parks and problem was fixed. When block was done, accessibility was a factor in putting in ramps to get to street beyond barriers.
  7. Stopping City workers from using gas blowers and blowing everything into street. Galleria and Library were two areas that were problematic.
  8. Taking down old signs for Grove St on Dr MLK Jr Boulevard.
  9. Improving crosswalk area on Franklin at top of hill by Westchester Av. Trimming back bush and removing parking spot. Bush was eventually removed as it died.
  10. Shoveling of snow of City sidewalks by Main St and Westchester Ave and near Franklin. Not always done.
  11. Taking down sign in land across from Tibbits from Franklin and Main along Westchester Ave that said Bikes yield to peds. Bikes were not allowed on sidewalks. Since then a sign for this was placed by crosswalk on Franklin with Westchester Ave intersection.
  12. Ask for lines on roads and for repaving. Maple Ave from Bloomingdale Rd and Mamaroneck got redone. S. Kensico got a repave yet now needs another. Repaving of Bloomingdale Rd but sadly needs a redo with all the traffic. Ask for crosswalks to be marked but not done yet.
  13. Replacing and fixing crosswalk buttons for crossing: Maple crossing with Paulding, Hamiliton and EJ Conroy, Westchester Ave and Paulding.
  14. Reported to NY State during pandemic 2020 with homeless sleeping at shelters when essential workers needed them. One was urinating on sidewalk by Nordstrom and leaving litter. City has 3 shelters and most of these people were women. We have a woman shelter at Grace Church. No one should be sleeping outside. Women were doing so during day as well as night.
  15. Removing abandoned bikes on Mamaroneck Ave and Main St as well as other streets.

If one does not complain directly to City, nothing changes. Report individual complaints with very specific info on City system for reporting complaints, used email and send pictures and call. Calling is often difficult and do not always get a great reaction or response. One woman in Parking informed me that I was correct that parking was not being enforced on my block of Franklin on weekends and rarely on weekdays. Police also were not ticketing cars at night but this issue is still on going. Parking on street does not allow for cleaning and street is horrible with litter in storm drains and dumped on sidewalks from parkers.

Voting alone will not change things and most people do not vote. Only about 6 thousand vote in this community of 57,000 or more. People who do not live in City can also report issues. Many work here.

If you are having trouble with your building not doing repairs etc, contact the Building Department. They did help me and I had damage from leaking not fixed by building not just inside but on outside where the water was entering.

Anderson Memorial from 1972
Benches replacing Anderson Memorial 2014

Rye, New York

Town of Rye or “Rye” began with three English settlers Thomas Studwell, John Coe, and Peter Disbrow moving on June 29, 1660 to Manursing Island, The island juts out into the Long Island Sound.  They came from “Grenege” (Greenwich today) after purchasing the area known as Peningo from the Siwanoy on January 2, 1660 from the Mohegans of the larger Algonkian nation. Purchase was made with Shenarockwell, a Mohican chief. Land was along LI Sound between the Mamaroneck and Byram Rivers.

The Siwanoy had farmed the area growing corn, pumpkins and beans and pumpkins but their diet also included sea food and small game found in abundance along the shore and inland areas. Their homes were wigwams that were easy to construct and move. They were built with easily readily available wood and made by lashing bent poles together and covering them with bark or thatched reeds.

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The settlers later purchased Manursing Island and named their settlement Hastings. By 1664, more settlers arrived and found more land on the mainland to build cabins where Playland and Rye Town Park are today and named the area Rye. In 1665, Hastings and Rye merged and the village on Manursing Island was abandoned. Town was named after Rye, in Sussex, England. The settlers were Puritans.  

In 1672, Robert bought land from Philip Galpin on Peningo Neck about the time Thomas Merritt and Peningo Neck is now the business section of the City of Rye. Also developed was the Saw Pit area on the Byram River that is now Port Chester and part of the City of Rye (1868).

Poached Eggs with Skillet Toast
Strang Tavern

During Colonial times, the Town of Rye was part of the British Colony of Connecticut. For about seventy years their were boundary disputes between the Dutch and the English and between NY and CT. After the Dutch left NY in 1674, the English took control of the area and Rye continued to be part of NY and CT till 1731 when the borders were finally settled.

Men from Rye settlement settled in other areas like White Plains (1683) and Harrison (1696) that became villages of the town.

Like the indigenous people before them, Colonial Rye was a small farming community. Situated along the King’s Highway and later know as the Boston Post Road made it an important post and stagecoach stop. The business district moved from the Long Island Sound area to the King’s Highway. One of the taverns Strang’s Tavern and the Square House that is a museum today were located on the Post Road

Besides farming, residents during the winter months became tradesmen serving as wheelwrights, carpenters, saddlers, tailors, hatters, weavers and rope makers. The population remained small throughout this period, ranging from 722 in 1710 (including both Rye and Port Chester) to 986 in 1790.

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With its many brooks, Rye had a number of mills with the first was built in 1656 on the Blind Brook near Oakland Beach Avenue. At the time of the Revolutionary War, 15 or 20 mills were operating in Rye and Port Chester, including one behind the Square House.

The Post Road, King Street, and the Grace Church Street were some of Rye’s earliest carriage paths. Water transportation and stagecoach linked the early settlers with the outside world. Active ports were at Milton Harbor and Portchester that transporting people and goods to and from LI and Manhattan. There were ferries at what is Guion Road today. The first wharf was built on Milton Harbor in 1679.

The area was under constant attack from the native Americans and the winters were often severe. Besides farming people fished, logged and traded goods. Logs were cut at the Saw Pit for the shipping industry The years during the Revolution from 1776 to 1783 were also difficult with constant raids by both the British and the Americans. The loyalist raiders were called cowboys. These cowboys would raid homes, fields, steal livestock and even killed people. As a result, many residents fled the area and their homes and fields fell into ruin. It would take a long time to recover after the war was over.

With the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, farming declined as NYers got their farm goods from western NY.

Like much of Westchester, the coming of the railroad in 1849 changed everything. With the railroad came the wealth New Yorkers looking for a place to get away from the hot city in the summer building large luxurious country estates with many along the shore. Many of these homes were in the area that is now the City of Rye.

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From County Archives
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Purchase Street 1890
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By the late 1800s, the area where Playland and Rye Town Park are now located become a summer resort where one could find hotels, small summer bungalows, restaurants and amusement parks. In 1909, Rye Town Park opened and in 1928 Playland would open.

By the early 1900’s, some became yearly commuters to the city and the train depended on this for fares and advertised heavily to attract more to the area. Rye became a bedroom community or the suburbs of NYC and by the 1920’s people were using cars. Areas that were once the large estates of the wealthy were subdivided into smaller lots to be sold for people to build homes.

Jared Peck on the Boston Post Road in 1860 was subdivided into Loudon Woods in 1910. Indian Village was developed around that time as the Halsted property near the Knapp House. The Brevoort “farm” became Greenhaven during the 1920s, and many families from publishing and the motion picture industry settled here.

Villages of White Plains and Harrison separated from Town of Rye after the Revolution.

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Beginning in 1868, Port Chester separate from the Town of Rye becoming an incorporated village.

In 1895, Mamaroneck became a a village in Town of Mamaroneck. It had been Rye Neck in the Town of Rye.

In 1904, Rye Village incorporated but in 1942 it became a city and is no longer part of the Town of Rye. Rye City is the youngest city in NY with a population of about 16,000.

Village of Rye Brook remained part of the Town of Rye till it incorporated on July 7 1982.

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Stories — Rye Historical Society (

What Side of History Do You Want to Be On?

“History tells us that, at the end of the day, there actually is a “right side of history.” For instance, most of us would likely agree on the following: The abolitionists in pre-Civil War America were on the right side of history. The suffragettes who fought for the rights of women in the electoral process were on the right side of history.

Reference: www.

What side of History do you want to be on?

One that works to make the world a better place or one that works to

destroy it?

One that supports friends or one that takes them for granted?

One that challenges our enemies or one that seeks to destroy them?

One that wants to destroy the Earth or the one that wants to save it?

One that wants to be part of a global society or one that stays out of world affairs.

One that listens or one that makes all the decisions.

One that respects the needs of others or one that tramples on the


Don’t know which side of history you want to be on but I sure want to live in the world where there is a place for everyone to live their best lives.

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