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John Lennon Memorial Tips (8)

A romantic setting in Central Park

Bow Bridge in Central Park is one of the most handsomely designed cast iron bridges in the world. It spans sixty feet across the Lake, linking the cultivated and flowering landscape of Cherry Hill with the rustic and sprawling woods of the Ramble. From here you also have a great view on the upper west side.
The true "value" of Bow Bridge, completed in 1862, does not lie in construction ledgers, however, but in its extraordinary visual effect. It has been the romantic setting for wedding proposals, classic film shoots, and the choice of many photographers who want to capture one of the signature design features of Central Park.

How to get there :
Take the Central Park entrance at West 72nd St ( to get there, take the B or C train to 72nd St - or you can take take the 1/2/3 or 9 train to 72nd St at Broadway and then walk 2 blocks east) . You enter the park at Strawberry Fields. Walk a bit further into the park and you'll see the Lake on your left side. Continue around the southern tip of the Lake and make a left, you'll see a path alongside the Lake (running up north). A bit further in front of you is the Bow Bridge.

other nearby spots in Central Park :
-Strawberry Fields (also the site of the "Imagine" monument in honour of John Lennon)
-Cherry Hill
-Bethesda Terrace

As you enter the park, also note the "Dakota" building which is on Central Park West at 72nd St - this is where John Lennon was shot.

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Apr 04, 2011

Strawberry Fields forever

Strawberry Fields was named in 1981 by a New York City Council law introduced by Councilmember Henry J. Stern and signed by Mayor Edward I. Koch. It is named after the song "Strawberry Fields Forever", in honor of John Lennon (1940-1980). His widow, Yoko Ono, later donated $1 million to the Central Park Conservancy to relandscape and to maintain the 2.5-acre tear-drop-shaped parcel of park landscape.
Shaded by a grove of stately American elms, the black-and-white mosaic set in the pathway near its west entrance is a reproduction of a mosaic from Pompeii; it was fashioned by Italian craftsmen and was a gift from Naples, Italy. Its single word IMAGINE, the title of a popular Lennon song, is the only specific tribute to the musician within the beautifully maintained yet naturalistic, free-flowing park landscape. Hardly a day goes by without some remembrance of John Lennon being placed upon the mosaic – a rose, a poem, a candle, a bouquet of flowers.

How to get there :
Take the Central Park entrance at West 72nd St ( to get there, take the B or C train to 72nd St - or you can take take the 1/2/3 or 9 train to 72nd St at Broadway and then walk 2 blocks east) . You enter the park right at Strawberry Fields.

other nearby spots in Central Park :
-The Lake and Bow Bridge
-Cherry Hill
-Bethesda Terrace

As you enter the park, also note the "Dakota" building which is on Central Park West at 72nd St - this is where John Lennon was shot.

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Apr 04, 2011

John Lennon's farewell...Love is all you need...

Whilst not exactly a 'tourist place of interest', a place to stand and quietly remember the man who gave the world some of it's greatest anthems of peace and love can be found on West Central Park,or more precisely, the corner of 72nd Street (1 West 72nd Street).

The main entrance to the Dakota building which faces onto Central Park was where John Lennon was gunned down in 1980.

The somewhat spooky building still houses an apartment for Yoko Ono, and also featured in the film 'Ghostbusters'.

The Memorial garden (see other tip) to John lies the other side of Eighth avenue in central Park.

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May 24, 2004

Central Park: Dakota Apt (were Lennon was shot)

The Dakota Apartments is the tragic location where the infamous John Lennon was shot and killed. The tragedy of 1980 was a tragic day for music fans all over. Many tourists visit this sight to pay homenage to the great musician.

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Central Park: Strawberry Fields and Imagine

The IMAGINE monument lies in the Strawberry Fields area of Central Park. It was build in memory of John Lennon, the singer and song writer that was tragically shot outside his home (see the Dakota tip below). The area is now a gathering place for fans, singers, and more so it's always packed with people. Nevertheless, it's still a nice spot to relax and people watch. BTW, you never know what you're going to see :)

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Oct 26, 2002

Strawberry Fields

In Central Park there is a path called Strawberry Fields. There is a memorial for John Lennon. He was shot outside his appartement right across the street. It's really neet to go and see.

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May 14, 2004

This is my wife and I at...

This is my wife and I at Central Park 'strawberry fields' right across the street from the lakota apts. where John Lennon lived and was asassinated.

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Aug 26, 2002

John Lennon memorial in...

John Lennon memorial in Central Park. Also, don't miss the Alice in Wonderland statue next to the Hans Christian Anderson one.

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Aug 26, 2002

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