commemorative plaque at foot of tree reads:
On September 9, 1977
Abraham D. Beame,
Mayor of the City of New York,
Planted this tree, the first of 75 trees,
donated for the beautification
of our community by
The Third Ave Merchants Association

Third Avenue, at East 23rd Street

Gramercy Park

New York City

For more information about Mayor Beame, visit the NY Times Archives.