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.