Looking Back on The Beatles’ New York City Landmarks

You can still visit many of them

The Beatles
John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr arrive at Idlewild Airport in Queens, New York.
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The Beatles got their start in Liverpool. The shows they played in Hamburg helped shape their identity as a band. And their 1969 rooftop concert in London has become legendary. But when considering cities that played a significant role in establishing the mythology of all things Fab Four, it’s worth looking on the other side of the Atlantic as well — notably, to New York City.

A new article at Untapped New York offers an array of New York City landmarks still standing today that have been associated with the Beatles ever since their time as a band. This includes the Ed Sullivan Theater, where the group played its first show in the United States, along with Forest Hills Stadium, where they played a pair of memorable shows in 1964.

A trio of hotels that figure prominently in Beatles lore also made the list. The St. Regis Hotel on 55th Street is where John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived when they were newlyweds, while the Warwick and Plaza Hotels both featured prominently on the bands’ visits to the city early in their career.

As the article points out, the Beatles also left a mark on the city — Strawberry Fields, a space in Central Park designated as a memorial to John Lennon, also made the list. While New York City has produced a substantial amount of legendary musicians over the years, it’s also been a home away from home for even more.

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