Hey there! Always wanted to stroll through Central Park but ya don’t have a few grand sitting around? Come with me for the super saver tour!
Let’s make our way into the middle of the park from the West side, a bit North of center.
This is a view from Belvedere Castle, which in Italian means “beautiful view”. The castle was originally designed in 1865 by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould as a beautiful, Victorian addition to the park. Now let’s make our way a bit more North.
This peaceful creek meanders softly down a facade of rocks, passing through a gorgeous tunnel of old stone.
Now we are going to head Southeast through the middle of the park, where we will find some stunning views of the New York City skyline.
Would you just look at that… The tour is almost over, but not until we go pay tribute to one of the most influential musicians the world has seen.
This is Strawberry Fields, a tribute to the late John Lennon, original member of the Beatles. Lennon was shot and killed by a crazed fan on December 8, 1980 in front of The Dakota, the apartment building where he lived (seen below). Lennon was known not only for his great music, but also for his introspective thinking, political activism and his belief in pacifism.
This brings us to the end of our tour. I hope you learned a lot, and that I helped you experience even a fraction of the beauty that I was surrounded by during my time in Central Park. I will leave you with this: Think about what Lennon had to say. This world needs more people like him, and because of the tragedy of his death, only a small portion of our population got to hear his message. In the fast paced world we live in today, everything is about results, money, physical things… But what we need to all do more, is just imagine.
The “Imagine Mosaic” at Strawberry Fields
Copyright credit: YouTube user Aviv Ben Israel and John Lennon