Strawberry Fields is a section of Central Park dedicated in honor of John Lennon, across from his former home the Dakota Apartments (where he was murdered in 1980) at West Side between 71st and 74th Streets.
When John Lennon lived at the Dakota, this is said to be his favorite area in Central Park. Today, visitors come to Strawberry Fields to pay their respects, bringing flowers and candles, posing for photos, and sometimes conducting impromptu sing-a-longs.
The black-and-white mosaic is a reproduction of a mosaic from Pompeii. It includes a single word IMAGINE, the title my favorite song, written and recorded by John Lennon.
Our particular reason for visiting Central Park was a family one. My daughter-in-law’s uncle was Bruce Kelly, a pretty well known landscape architect, and he worked with the Yoko Ono and the Central Park Conservancy in the design of the Strawberry Fields in Central Park. As we had our grandson, grand nephew of the landscape architect with us, we thought he should see this famous landmark. What we thought was pretty cool was that he was sitting on a park bench dedicated to the great uncle and looking down on the black and white“Imagine” mosaic while calling his mother on the cell phone
Most tourists want to hit up Central park in New York and with good reason. It is stunning and you have no idea of how massive it is until you are in it. I spent half a day wandering the park and still didn't cover half of it. But if you do make it to Central park I highly recommend checking out John Lennon's memorial: Strawberrry Fields. It was his personal favorite place in the park which now has a commemmoration plaque that is tended to by aged hippies who sit there and keep it decorated with flowers.
This section of the park is Yoko Ono's tribute to John Lennon. It is close to the Dakota apartments where they used to live. Gifts for the park came from all over the world.
Set in a pathway is a mosaic inscribed with the word Imagine (the name of Lennon's famous song). This was a gift from the city of Naples in Italy. The mosaic gets covered in gifts & flowers from fans.
Strawberry Fields is a memorial to John Lennon of the Beatles who was murdered in 1980 in New York. The memorial was opened in 1981 in what is reported to be his favorite area in Central Park. The area was named Strawberry Fields after a song which he penned during his time with the Beatles. hundreds of visitors come to Strawberry Fields every year to pay tribute to Lennon, often bringing and arranging flowers, gifts and candles around the black and white mosaic memorial with the word 'Imagine' in it's centre in tribute to one of Lennon's most famous songs. It is a testiment to the influence of John Lennon that so many people visit this memorial to pay tribute to the man.
John Lennon, member of the Beatles, was shot in 1980 by a fanatic fan, apparently mentally disturbed. This happened in front of the apartment building where Lennon and his wife lived (Yoko Ono still lives there today, to be specific). As this building neighbours Central Park, you can see a John Lennon Memorial there - a simple mosaic on the ground reading "Imagine". The area of the park is called Strawberry Fields in remembrance of a Beatles song.
When I was there, fresh flowers were laid down in the pattern of the peace sign. Dozens of Beatles fans stood there and remembered the famous singer.
Strawberry Fields is a 2.5 acre grassy knoll dedicated as a memorial to a famous singer, composer, and political activist shot dead on this site in December 1980. Located across from the famed Dakota building where he lived, the spot was frequently visited by Lennon and his family. The name Strawberry Fields recalls a song of the same name written and performed by Lennon while a member of a well-known 1960's musical group named The Beatles. His widow, a Japanese performer and conceptual artist, Yoko Ono, contributed $500000 to renovate the area and also established a maintenance endowment.
The area is centered at the junction of three small asphalt paths where a mosaic donated by the city of Naples contains the word Imagine, from another of his famous songs. It is a reproduction of a Pompeii mosaic. Along one path is a bronze containing the names of 121 nations which contributed endorsed the memorial as a Garden of Peace. Over 140 nations contributed plantings to the landscape. The site opened on Oct 9 1985 on what would have been Lennon's 45th birthday and since then an annual memorial draws thousands to this peaceful knoll. Daily remembrances, as seen on the accompanying images, include flowers candles and other memorabilia.
"You May Say I'm a Dreamer,
But I'm not the only one,
I hope someday you will join us,
and the world will live as one."--John Lennon (1940-1980)
Strawberry Fields is a quiet section of Central Park on the West Side off of West 72nd Street about a block away where the great poet, singer, songwriter, and member of the Beatles, John Lennon lived at and was assassinated on December 8, 1980 as he was returning to his apartment from a studio recording session.
As you enter Strawberry Fields from West 72nd, you may not even realize that it is a memorial for Lennon. The expression is minimal. All you'll see is a peaceful, quiet section of the park and on the sidewalk path going into it, you'll see a sign that says "Strawberry Fields" and then, a small sidewalk circular black and white mosaic plaque that says, "Imagine."
It's easy to see in this expression how much there are in little things.
Strawberry Fields was designed by landscape architect Bruce Kelly and in 1981, Strawberry Fields was named by a New York City Council law introduced by Councilmember Henry J. Stern and signed by Mayor Edward I. Koch.
Yoko Ono, the wife of John Lennon, donated $1 Million to the Central Park Conservancy to relandscape and to maintain the 2.5-acre tear-drop-shaped landscape.
It's easy to imagine why Lennon had such a profound effect on people and on music itself. Do not expect something obvious, but rather something more reflective.
A giant park basically but you have to go to say you've been. Squirrels everywhere although my friend and I thought they were rats with fake tails. I wanted to see the memorial to the legend 'John Lennon' 'Strawberry Fields'. Also walked across to see the apartment Yoko Ono still lives in. Got some atmospheric pics with black & white film. I saw a building with a sign on top 'Essex House'. Saw it in my phot and then saw a print of NYC from the 1920's when I got home in a local DIY shop. There it was 'Essex House' Had to buy it.
Located at Central Park West and W. 72nd St. Strawberry Fields is a memorial to John Lennon .
In the Shadows of the Dakota building where JL and Yoko lived ,is a section of Central Park renamed Strawberry Fields...This area is certain to generate an emotional response to any who were moved by John Lennons life and music.
Just inside the park at West 72nd Street, there is a special area of Central Park dedicated to John Lennon, named Strawberry Fields. It's a beautiful little section, and this circle is very appropriate to honor his memory. You will always find flowers or candles here, and Yoko Ono still lives in the Dakota apartment building just across the street.
Strawberry Fields - the Imagine mosaic. This mosaic was a gift from Naples, Italy and is a based on a mosaic which is at Pompeii.
This area was dedicated by Mayor Koch on 9th October 1985, which is also the day of John Lennons birthday.
Strawberry Field - although the sun was shining and it was a really beautiful day - it was still freezing cold!
Yoko Ono the wife of the late John Lennon donated $1 million for the preservation of Strawberry fields in honour of John Lennon.
It covers a site which is 2.5 acres.
Maybe it's because I was just out of the womb for three months or so when John Lennon was shot, but I really didn't see anything that awesome about Strawberry Fields. I mean, there's this big round mosaic in the ground that says "Imagine" and about ten or so hippies staring at it in an odd way - kind of like they are either experiencing some sort of spiritual connection or getting over a concussion. I've never seen so much armpit hair in my life, and I went to a majorly hippied-out college. (http://www.ncf.edu)
Maybe it just wasn't my thing.
The sheer size and magnitude of a park this size smack in the middle of a hustling bustling city is simply incredible! Kudos to the folks who put it in when planing this city!
Coming from a country where snow is a novelty, it was like stepping into winter wonderland when I walked into a snow laden Central Park. Watching a squirrel burrowing into the snow was a precious sight indeed!
John Lennon is one of my heroes so visiting Strawberry Fields was of course top of my list of places to visit in NY.