Central Park’s memorial to John Lennon has become one of New York’s most beloved tourist attractions and one of the park’s most visited sites.
Located in one of the world’s most famous parks, the memorial is directly across from the Dakota Apartments where John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono lived in fact Yoko still lives there to this day, and where John Lennon was tragically killed in 1980.
The memorial encompasses a 2.5-acre space in Central Park that features gardens and an intricate stone mosaic with the word Imagine. The designated area of the park is named after the Beatles’ hit song “Strawberry Fields Forever” and the mosaic comes from John Lennon’s famous song. John Lennon, a member of the wildly popular band the Beatles and considered one of music’s greats, was also an avid peace activist. The song Imagine voiced his vision for a world without war and strife. The area is a designated quiet zone in the park, and is meant to be peaceful amongst the hustle and bustle of the city.
Every year on John Lennon’s birthday and the anniversary of his death, visitors, fans and followers of the late music icon gather in Strawberry Fields to pay homage and sing songs of the late and great Beatle. The stone mosaic is often covered with candles, flowers and other sentimental belongings.
So if you happen to be in the city on October 9th, head to Central Park and join fans at the Strawberry Fields memorial to pay tribute on John Lennon’s birthday.
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