A Baad Lamb photo of the Dakota from a Central Park perspective. Yoko Ono, who still resides there, and John Lennon were returning home when John was shot outside the building's entrance on 72nd Street.
Queer New York contributor Donnie sent me this message earlier today (The link is a beautiful article about how John fell in love with New York City):
John was the first artist who contributed money to buy bullet proof vests for members of the NYPD. John was a progressive, peaceful man yet he knew evil when he saw it. You won't see any modern progressives donating monies to the NYPD or to our men and women in engaged in armed conflict....QNY Contributor Brooklyn Bill has this to say:
"Imagine" is one of the wisest and most beautiful songs ever written. I wish John Lennon were still alive to inspire the anti-war movement in New York and across the U.S. We desperately need more charismatic men and women of peace who can eloquently speak hopeful truth to violent power.
A stone's throw from the Dakota is the Strawberry Fields Memorial in Central Park. A point of serious pilgrimage for many visitors to the city. After the jump are a photo of Bilerico's Jerame Davis and Bil Browning who listed it as a must-see during their brief visit last summer, and a video made two days ago by QNY contributor Baad Lamb of a young group performing music by John Lennon and The Beatles in the band shell of Central Park. I would guess that most, if not all, of these performers were not even born before Dec 8, 1980.