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He was one of four British teens who forever changed the face of rock & roll. An advocate for peace, politically outspoken and senselessly murdered — but his words continue to inspire.

For these reasons, among others, in 1981 New York City Council allocated 2.5 acres in Central Park for Strawberry Fields, a tribute to John Lennon’s music and vision. Yoko Ono’s donation made it possible to redesign the landscaping and continue its maintenance. On the day that would have been Lennon’s 45th birthday, October 9, 1985, the city’s mayor dedicated Strawberry Fields at the opening ceremony. Since then, it has attracted thousands of visitors from all over the world, and 121 countries have sanctioned it a Garden of Peace.

Whether you’re a fan of his solo work or of the Beatles, if you are ever in New York this place merits a visit. Sit for a picnic, stroll through its paths or enjoy the street performers covering his lyrics. Strawberry Fields invites you to imagine — not just the possibility of a world at peace, but your own potential and that which was stolen from John Lennon.

The teardrop-shaped section of park landscape is located on the West Side between 71st and 74th streets. Annual day-long vigils take place every October 9. For more information, visit centralpark.com.

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lnovak Nov. 9, 2009 @ 1:04 p.m.

Readers of this Strawberry Fields article might also be interested to learn more about the homeless man, Gary, who decorates the Image Memorial each day.

A documentary called The Mayor of Strawberry Fields tells the story of Gary's life and his love, appreciation and dedication to John Lennon's message of Peace.

Visit www.Facebook.com/TheMayorMovie


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