Wandering in NYC - part 5, still in Central Park.
When I was planning what to do while in NYC, several people asked me if I was going to visit the new Freedom Tower and Ground Zero. My instant and truthful answer is that I have no interest whatsoever in doing so. I feel no need to visit someplace that I know will make me either angry or depressed or both. So, it may seem strange that oneof the places in Central Park that I did want to visit was Strawberry Fields, the memorial set up after John Lennon was shot over 30(!?!) years ago.
There is a real difference, though, especially when you get there. It wasn't what I was expecting, either. I think I expected some gardens with flowers, maybe plaques with lyrics, maybe people sitting around playing guitars. Instead, it is a designated quiet zone (no loud music or orators allowed). The only memorial aspect is a mosaic with the word "Imagine" at its center (and crowds of people taking their picture with/on it one at a time, very politely). And then what I would call lots of small parks inside the area. Bits of grassy areas with trees mostly around them. Paths for walking around and between the park areas. It is a place to get away from everything for a while and, if you're so inclined, contemplate (or, if you'll excuse the word, imagine) what you are doing or how to make things better for yourself and/or others. If Central Park is an oasis of nature in the middle of Manhattan, Strawberry Fields feels like an oasis of quiet inside the oasis.
And, a fitting tribute to the man it was built for.
and one with a little closer view: