The Forever Businessman

In White Plains there is a building with a very interesting statue. It’s been there ever since I was a child and I remember it from when I first went to White Plains with my mom.

He looks to be a lawyer from the papers in his case and hands. Every part of the statue has great detailing. His clothes, his papers (which are readable!), his voice recorder (a really old cassette tape model).

Also, it seems someone dropped a nickle into his case, but it’s so filled with stagnant water no one wants to fish it out! Not that I can blame them…

Near by is a placard with information about the statue. The papers are dated 1981, so I guess that is around the time this was made. The artist is J. Steward Johnson Jr. while the name of the piece is called “First Case.”

Looking the artist, I found this. Apparently he’s known for these sort of statues. His personal website (with a collection of his other works) is here.


By the Sea

Brother has always loved the water. I could never understand why, as he (and I)  are unable to swim. As soon as the weather starts to warm up, he follows me around asking if we could plan a trip with everyone to the beach or some lake.

This summer he got his wish.

We went to see the fireworks at Rye Playland; an amusement park, which is known for its beach, 100+ year old wooden roller coaster, and frequent fireworks displays. Overlooked by most, Playland also has an old boat house from which you can rent a rowboat or take a tour of the nearby Long Island Sound.

We didn’t choose to do either of these (I flatly refuse to set foot on any sort of boat) but we did spend some time gazing over the water. It was nice.

On the Hudson

The Hudson river flows (N to S) through Eastern New York. When mom and I visited Ghetty Square to get my passport, we also made sure to take a look at the river while we were there.

Just behind the Yonkers train station, there is a nice view of the water surrounded by Rockland counties, the Washington Bridge (to the far left) and a boat house (where there are tours and fishing).

Most of Yonker’s most important buildings are here. There’s the DMV (Department of Motor vehicles;  where one gets their driver’s licence or renews car ownership/plates) as well as Yonkers Postal Office (the main branch office, where one goes for a passport– which isn’t cheap by the way!)

The city is also trying to revitalize the area by making gardens, condos, and public places filled with interesting stores.


While we were down in the city, on our way to one of the bookstores, we came across a strange little antique shop. As soon as we saw the window, we were entranced and just had to go in. Photography was not allowed in the store unfortunately, but we got a few good shots through the windows.

They had everything from Asian imports, to full suite of knight’s armor, to furniture that looked fit to be served to Marie Antoinette. They even had a few pieces of china (one looked Russian) “on sale.”

The prices were impossible to read and it brought to mind what my mother always says, “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it…”

The highlight was a beautiful yellow jade ship-castle thingy. The reflections in the glass make it seem as though it’s underwater. The look reminds me of a very Chinese version of Dragon-Sea-King’s (Ryujin) castle!

I really wish I could remember where this store was…