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See Strawberry Fields Memorial



Central Park mosaic dedicated to John Lennon, groomed by a Beatles super-fan.

Situated across the street from the Dakota, the building in which John Lennon lived and was killed, Strawberry Fields is a 2.5 acre chunk of Central Park focused around a mosaic with a single, powerful word in its center; imagine. During his career with the Beatles, Lennon inspired many, and since 1985 people have flocked to pay homage to the fallen music hero.

One man has even taken it upon himself to act as the keeper of Lennon’s legacy at the memorial. Gary dos Santos is well-known around New York City and is a fixture at Strawberry fields. The self-proclaimed mayor of Strawberry Fields began hanging out near the memorial in the mid-1990s and never left after John Lennon told him in a dream to keep maintaining the memorial.

Now, dos Santos makes a living off of tips from tourists who pay him what they can after he delivers a short monologue on Central Park, John Lennon and peace. Besides his work as tour guide, dos Santos also contributes his own sort of artwork to the memorial, and regularly lays out flowers in the form of a peace sign over the mosaic in dedication of John Lennon.


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