Strawberry Fields – John Lennon Monument, New York

Strawberry Fields – John Lennon Monument, New York

A place of pilgrimage for Beatles fans the world over, Strawberry Fields – named after the famous song – is a deliberately informal (and typically crowded) section of Central Park just right opposite the Dakota apartment building where John Lennon lived and, of course, where he was murdered in 1980. Dedicated in 1985 on the 45th birth anniversary of John Lennon, it provides a bit of solace to all who visit; on a normal day, you will see people placing flowers and candles, guitarists singing Beatles tracks, with most everyone singing and joining in, or simply taking a moment to reflect.

The site's prominent feature is an intricately designed – though rather subtle/unassuming – black and white mosaic, created by Italian craftsmen and given as a gift by the city of Naples, that bears the word of Lennon's song: "Imagine" (go early if you want good pictures). The memorial is shaded by stately American elms and lined with benches; in warmer months, flowers bloom all around the area, turning it into a favorite spot for picnickers. Along a path, there's also a plaque listing all countries that endorse Strawberry Fields as a "Garden of Peace", while smaller plaques are more personal.

On Lennon's birthday (October 9th) and on the anniversary of his death (December 8th), expect to find a huge crowd of fellow Beatles fans who gather to sing songs in his memory late into the night.

Tip:
The Dakota Building where John Lennon lived and was later murdered is just outside the park entrance nearest the memorial (at 72nd Street), so you can pass there, too.

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Sight Location: New York, USA (See walking tours in New York)
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