To bring a visit to the Dakota Building on the corner of West 72nd Street and West Central Park Avenue, is a real must for an avid Beatles fans and admirer of John Lennon. During my week in New York, I obviously felt the urgency to pay a visit to this location where John Lennon was murdered on December 8 in 1980.
The Dakota building itself obvious is a location for the wealthy people with a doorman guarding the entrance to an inner courtyard. To my great disappointment, any sign or memorial plate to to remember the tragic event of the evening was completely absent. The Dakota Building is just an apartment building and nothing there points to one of its most famous residents ever. The only explanation that I can come up with is that the current residents do not want to create pilgrimage around the location.
A memorial site is present nearby in Central Park, though. Upon entering the park immediately opposite Central Park West Avenue are The Strawberry Fields with Imagine Memorial Stone. Yoko Ono herself raised money to restore this part of Central Park that was in decay at that time. Contributions for this came from all over the world. Nowadays, Central Park is flourishing and a great location for sightseeing tourists and a recreation spot for residents of Manhattan.
I found The Strawberry Fields, and especially The Imagine Memorial Stone, a place of sanctuary for all Beatles fans and admires of John Lennon and I was delighted to see people bring flowers and hear people sing the Lennon song Strawberry Fields Forever – see my short embedded video below.
Geplaatst door Rijko Ebens op woensdag 12 april 2017
The gallery above shows photos that I made of the Dakota Building and of The Strawberry Fields in Central Park.