'Que pasa, New York?': John Lennon and the city that set him free

New York (AFP) – On December 8, 1980 the filigree gates of New York’s Dakota residence across from Central Park went down in history as the spot John Lennon was shot dead.  But for nearly a decade prior to his shock murder, the former Beatle’s adopted hometown was where he rediscovered life. The New York Lennon moved to in 1971 was near economic collapse, struggling with rampant crime and entrenched poverty. Yet it was a city flush with artistic energy that maintained a blase attitude towards celebrities, where the already legendary musician could grab a coffee at his corner “Cafe La Fortuna” …

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