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Strawberry Fields The Highlights
Located near Central Park West between 71st and 74th Streets, Strawberry Fields is a 2.5-acre area of Central Park that pays tribute to the late Beatle, John Lennon: singer, songwriter, musician, and peace activist. John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono lived in the Dakota Apartments located close to this area of the park. It was at the Dakota on December 8, 1980, that John Lennon was shot and killed. To commemorate his life, talents and memory, this area, the couple's favorite in Central Park, was designated as Strawberry Fields. Named after the title of the Beatles' song "Strawberry Fields Forever," the teardrop-shaped region was re-landscaped by the Central Park Conservancy with the help of landscape architect Bruce Kelley and a generous $1 million donation from Yoko Ono. The iconic black and white Imagine mosaic, designed by a team of artists from the Italian city of Naples, lies in the center of Strawberry Fields. Named after another famous song by John Lennon, "Imagine" evokes a vision and hope for a world without strife, war, and conflict.
Additionally, there is a bronze plaque that lists the more than 120 countries that planted flowers and donated money for the maintenance of the area; they have also endorsed Strawberry Fields as a Garden of Peace. Strawberry Fields is a living memorial to Lennon and has become a pilgrimage site for visitors to New York from around the world. So, when your hop on, hop off bus tour gets to the Dakota, hop off and check out both the Dakota and Strawberry Fields.
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