4. 105 Bank Street, Greenwich Village

John Lennon is said to have wished he had been born in Greenwich Village. He did spend a lot of time here, living for a year or so from 1971 to 1972 at 105 Bank Street. The four-story building was built in 1846. Lennon and Ono rented the apartment from another musician, Joe Butler of the Lovin’ Spoonful. Neighbors here included notorious social activists like Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, along with numerous creative folks.

After living here, the couple moved up to The Dakota, because their apartment had been broken into. According to Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic “they did not feel their safety could be guaranteed at their home in the Village.” What a change to today!