“There’s a UFO Over New York…”

On the night of August 23, 1974, John Lennon and May Pang were hanging out in their small penthouse apartment at 434 East 52nd Street, a 1928 Art Deco building that’s part of the Southgate complex just before the East River.

After walking out on the balcony to catch a breeze from the river, Lennon suddenly shouted for Pang to come see something in the sky—a flying saucer.

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As Pang recounted in her 1983 book, Loving John: “My eye caught this large, circular object coming toward us. It was shaped like a flattened cone and on top was a large, brilliant red light. . . . When it came a little closer, we could make out a row or circle of white lights that ran around the entire rim of the craft.

“It was, I estimate, about the size of a Lear jet and it was so close that if we had something to throw at it, it probably would have hit it quite easily.”

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Pang said that she and John called the police, who told them to relax—other New Yorkers called in the UFO sighting too.

Did Lennon and Pang really see a spaceship? The object zipped out of view and was apparently never spotted again or explained by authorities. So who knows? Strange days indeed.

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3 Responses to ““There’s a UFO Over New York…””

  1. Ricky Says:

    I almost bought an apartment in the Southgate, but the maintenance fee was astronomical

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Well you have to be willing to pay extra if you want to see UFOs!

  3. gabu Says:

    Explains one of my favorite lines of one of my favorite songs… thank you.

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