I think that this is what you may be looking for, on Herald Sq, NYC:
The clock and statuary, crafted in 1895 by Jean-Antonie Carles, are from the old Herald building; the goddess is Minerva, complete with owls, and the
bellringers, which swing their hammers on the hour, are nicknamed Stuff and Guff.
Sound about right?
Edit: Found some pics and a link.
Pic 1: www.forgottendelights.com...
Pic 2 (not seen in Pic 1, two of these pillars sit above Minerva): www.forgottendelights.com...
This group of figures was commissioned for the roof of the New York Herald's two-story headquarters on 35th Street and Sixth Avenue. James Gordon
Bennett, Jr., moved the headquarters of the Herald from its original location on Park Row (near "Printer's Square," where the Benjamin Franklin
statue now stands) uptown to a Renaissance-palazzo style building designed by Stanford White. In the era before cheap watches, the Herald Tribune's
tolling clock was relied upon by the working people in the Herald Square area.
Athena (or Minerva), goddess of wisdom, holds her shield and spear with her left hand as she gestures commandingly at the two men below. On the hour,
the men swing back their hammers and strike the bell. Actually, they don't: that would eventually wear down the bell. Instead, the hour is struck by
a mechanism tucked behind the bellringers. On top of the bell sits Athena's bird, the owl, whose eyes used to blink green when the Athena and her
minions were atop the Herald's headquarters. Two more owls sit on pillars flanking the southern entrance to the small park.
The inscription below the figures notes that this is a memorial to James Gordon Bennett, founder of the New York Herald in 1835, and his son James
Gordon Bennett, "through whose vision and enterprise the New York Herald became one of the world's great newspapers."
[edit on 14/12/04 by Merkin]