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John Lennon's New York City

The Dakota: Central Park West, west side between 72nd Street and 73rd Street
A historic image of the Dakota in New York City, circa 1890. Lennon lived at the Dakota almost a century later. You can view images of the Dakota in our Digital Collections or via OldNYC. Image ID: 718466F

Born October 9, 1940, John Lennon spent his post-Beatles years (1971–1980) living and working in New York City. Commemorate Lennon's birthday and life in NYC by exploring an interactive map of landmarks, suggested books, and more.

Interactive Map

Suggested Books

John Lennon: The New York Years by Bob Gruen is full of photographs and recollections from Lennon's personal photographer and friend. If you want to learn a great deal more about Lennon in NYC—to the point of surveillance-level detail—dig into John Lennon: The FBI Files. (Lennon attracted the FBI's attention due to his opposition to the Vietnam War and association with anti-war activists.) Finally, younger readers can check out the biography John Lennon "Imagine" by Jeff Burlingame.

Still Looking for More?

See additional John Lennon materials available for research in the Music Division of the Library for the Perfoming Arts, as well as this Lennon quote necklace available from NYPL's Shop.

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John Lennon map

He used to get his icon glasses at Spring St opticians in Soho. Now the space is the Spring Street Wine shop

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