One good thing about renting an apartment on the Upper West Side? Proximity to Central Park. And this year — 2015 — unseasonably warm weather let folks enjoy a walk in the park even in the middle of December.
We headed down Central Park West toward The Dakota, notable residence of John Lennon and Yoko Ono and site of Lennon’s murder in 1980. But, alas, it was sheathed in scaffolding and screening with nothing for us to see except the magnificent ironwork of the railing out front.
So we crossed the street to visit Strawberry Fields Memorial. Dedicated on October 9, 1985 (what would have been Lennon’s 45th birthday) by Mayor Ed Koch, the memorial park is situated in a triangle located at West 72nd Street. The focal point of the park is a circular mosaic with one word — IMAGINE — from Lennon’s song of the same title. According to Wikipedia, the mosaic was a gift of the city of Naples, Italy.
We watched as groups and individuals patiently waited for a turn to have their picture taken on the mosaic. And although most of tourists we saw weren’t even born when the song was recorded in 1966, we found that everyone — old and young — enthusiastically posed for pictures or hummed along with a guitarist playing Beatles’ songs from a nearby bench.
Now, if you can’t get that song out of your head after seeing these pictures, do the next best thing: click here for the lyrics and get on with it. No one will know if you’re at your computer singing “Let me take you down/Cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields.” Better yet, go to NYC, take a carriage ride, and sing all the way through Central Park. You won’t be doing it alone!
Hope you’ll join us for further adventures of our Christmas Holiday in NYC. It’s guaranteed to get you into the spirit of the season!
Bert and Rusha