Yoko’s Housing Choices

It will be 30 years ago Dec. 8 when John Lennon was gunned down in the lobby of his New York apartment on Central Park West, The Dakota, where his widow still lives.

“People say, ‘Why are you still living at the Dakota?’” Yoko Ono told reporters at the TV Critics press tour last summer.

“I’m sure that many people are living in their own home, that he or she shared with their spouses, even after the spouse has passed away, especially because they passed away, because there’s a lot of memory.

“And 
also you built the place with the spouse. I’m not going to leave that and go to some strange house that I never went to. This is something we built, and when you go inside, you see that each room is something that we made for us.”

Ono answered that question a bit in “LENNONYC,” the film that premiered on “American Masters” Monday. And it will come up again in CNN’s review of the murder, “Losing Lennon: Countdown to Murder,” which premieres Dec. 4.

What annoys her is that people think “well, maybe because she has a different
 tradition and she doesn’t care about the fact that he died there,” Ono says. “No. I think that you would want to live there, too, because you
cherish the memory of that person.”

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