Looking as though he's ready to drop the puck
to start an ice hockey game, Mr. Bendo has stood
sentry outside Ralph's Muffler & Brake Shop
on West 16th Street for over forty years.
Apparently, he is one of a set of triplets,
his siblings promoting Bendo muffler pipes
well into middle age, even as the shops have
changed hands and names.
One is located atop a muffler shop in Chicago,
while the third is alive and well in
He is supposed to be holding a length of muffler
tubing in his hands but over the years age and injury
have forced changes in his arms,
resulting in the odd "Heil Dumbkoff" salute.
Several years ago, when he was taken down for repairs,
a mold was made and replacement limbs
are stored for future use.