There is nothing to get hung about in Strawberry Fields, a must-see destination for Beatles fans in New York City. This peaceful area of Central Park is a tribute to the late musician, songwriter and peace activist John Lennon. It’s directly across from where Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono lived at the Dakota Apartments, and where he was murdered. Before his death Lennon and Ono were often seen strolling in this area of the park.
Designed in the shape of a teardrop, this 2.5 acre space is named for the Beatles’ song “Strawberry Fields Forever.” It was re-landscaped with the help of a $1 million donation from Yoko Ono and was re-opened on the 45th anniversary of John Lennon’s birth, October 9th, 1985. Towering elms shade the serene park with is dotted with flowers and shrubs.
The focal point of Strawberry Fields is the Imagine mosaic. Located in the center of Strawberry Fields, this ornate black and white piece of art symbolizes the message of Lennon’s song Imagine: the hope for a world without war and strife.
Each year on the anniversary of John Lennon’s death (as well as on his birthday) visitors from all over the world make their way to the Imagine Circle to reflect on his life in a place that he loved.
Visiting Strawberry Fields in New York City
Strawberry Fields is located near Central Park West between 71st and 74th Streets.
For more information, visit Strawberry Fields official website.
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