I saw this tree in Central Park, NY. Can anyone identify it?
White/pink flowers before leaves, combined with the light spotty bark on the new shoots indicates a Magnolia. Possibly a star or saucer magnolia, hard to say at this point.
Edit: also in favour of Magnolia is the somewhat crazy branch/twig structure and the way it repairs itself after damage. Magnolia is dramatic due to its tendency to flower very early in the year (this one might do well to slow up and wait until about February) but otherwise is an untidy looking small tree, in detail, but is quite acceptable in overall shape/form from a distance.