Since I don't have a key (grumble, grumble) to Gramercy Park, these are the best photos I could take of the lovely fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) which is currently in bloom.
...Don't get me started on the elitism of this park.
Anyhoo, Chionanthus is a great little flowering tree that, while rarely seen around New York City, I used to see all the time in Virginia. When it blooms there, it coincides with some of the first really hot days that serve as a prelude to summer. Here in New York that would certainly not be the case, as we're having such a chilly spring.
Chionanthus literally means snow-flower; chion is Greek for snow and as we've covered before, anthus means flower.