October 9th marks the day when musician John Lennon would have turned 79. As a tribute, here are eight spots in New York City that he’s associated with. Lennon moved to New York City on August 31st, 1971, following the breakup of The Beatles. “You know, I should have been born in New York, man,” he once said, and certainly made his mark here.
1. Imagine Mosaic
Probably the most famous visitable location connected to John Lennon, the Imagine mosaic is located near the 72nd Street entrance to Central Park within Strawberry Fields, an area named after the Beatles song “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Imagine is also in tribute to the song of the same name written by Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono, attributed as the most best-selling song of all of Lennon’s work. After Lennon’s death, Ono scattered his remains where this memorial was later installed.
It’s pretty hard to get a photo of the Imagine mosaic in daytime with nobody in it it took us a while!), but this work is worthy of a visit. Dedicated in 1985, the mosaic was a gift from the city of Naples, made by craftsmen in the Italian city, and a joint effort by Ono and the Central Park Conservancy to “create a meditative spot” in Lennon’s honor. According to the Conservancy, along the path you can find a bronze plaque “that lists the 121 countries that endorse Strawberry Fields as a Garden of Peace.”
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