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“A statue of my Presidential relation”

Madison Square Park
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Owner description: Originally a residential area, this square has become one of the more important in New York history. It has become a prime location for many businesses and major buildings.
Livingston, United Kingdom
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“A statue of my Presidential relation”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

We were walking through Madison Square when suddenly, and totally unexpectedly, we came across a statue of a President of the United States that I am distantly related to. This is President Chester Alan Arthur, the 21st President, who assumed office on the death of his predecessor, President Garfield, who died of wounds following having been shot a few months earlier. If I have got it right President Arthur's paternal grandmother was my several times great grandmothers sister. As least this is what my aunt, who is now 102 years young, has told me in the past. She still lives in Northern Ireland and researched the family's ancestry many years ago.

The park itself was a quite haven within a busy part of New York and provided some welcome shade from the heart of the afternoon.

Visited September 2013
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Union City, New Jersey, United States
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“Fun Oasis”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

Madison Square park is a great little oasis from the hustle and noise of the city. There is always some interesting art being showcased and the landscaping is beautiful. There are plenty of places to sit and relax. Head over to shake shack for a great burger. If you are a dog fan or have your friend with you, the dog run is nice and shake shack has some dog friendly snacks.

Visited August 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“A beautiful park”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

One of the attractions of New York is the number of wonderful parks that breakup the built environment - this is one of those great parks - surrounded by some wonderful landmark buildings. It is worth a side trip to enjoy the park and see surrounding areas like Gramercy Park and the flatiron building.

Visited August 2013
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Providence, Rhode Island
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“Lovely little park”
Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

Lovely little park between 23rd and 26th streets at Madison. Accessible via various trains. The original Shake Shack is in the park, Eataly overlooks the park, so it is a great spot for a picnic. There are several benches, tables and chairs (some with umbrellas) to choose, or bring a blanket and sit on the grass.

Visited July 2013
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“Loved Madison Square Park”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

My son and I just happened upon Madison Square which also has a wonderful park for children. This is a great place for a break with the kiddos in the big city. The park offers several concerts for children along with a playground and beautiful garden.

Visited June 2013
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