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The Dakota, New York City

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Architectural Building Historic Site
The Dakota is a cooperative apartment building located on the northwest corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West in the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, United States. It was built between 1880 and 1884, and is famous as the home of former Beatle John Lennon from 1973 to 1980, as well as the location of his murder. The Dakota is considered to be one of Manhattan's most prestigious and exclusive cooperative residential buildings, with apartments generally selling for between $4 million and $30 million.HistoryThe Dakota was constructed between October 25, 1880, and October 27, 1884. The architectural firm of Henry Janeway Hardenbergh was commissioned to create the design for Edward Clark, head of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. The firm also designed the Plaza Hotel.The Dakota was purportedly so named because at the time of construction, the Upper West Side was sparsely inhabited and considered as remote in relation to the inhabited area of Manhattan as the Dakota Territory was. However, the earliest recorded appearance of this account is in a 1933 newspaper interview with the Dakota's long-time manager, quoted in Christopher Gray's book New York Streetscapes: "Probably it was called 'Dakota' because it was so far west and so far north". According to Gray, it is more likely that the building was named the Dakota because of Clark's fondness for the names of the new western states and territories.
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  • I walked past the Dakota on my daily walk last week, and was interested to see a half dozen tourists trying to get a tour of the building. Sadly, unless you know someone who owns a co-op in the buildi...  more »
  • My husband is a Beatles fan so we walked through Central Park to the Dakota building on 72nd. it is very easy to find. We both found the building very interesting to see, with so much history. It was ...  more »
  • I have stopped here a couple times over the years. I am a history buff and like visiting spots of modern history. There is a buzz or sense of something being at a spot that shaped our modern culture. ...  more »
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  • Oldest apartment building in New York City with incredible views of Central Park. Home of many wonderful celebrities through the years. The entrance to Central Park across the street has a memorial for John Lennon who lived in The Dakota for many years and was tragically shot at the entrance in the 80's. Beautiful example of the architecture of a bygone era and a must-see when touring NYC.
  • Rudolph Nureyev live here. And of course John Lennon lived and got shot here. Tourists come to take pictures to this day. Beautiful apartments
  • historical building and the beatle great john lennon used to live here till his death, right across is central park 72 st entrance and leads to the memorial for lennon there, the strawberry fields.
  • Visited the famous gates where John Lennon came to the end, paid our respects and moved on.
  • When it was first built, I believe it was the only building in the area, and it was up on top of hill. It takes me back to a time that I wish I could see first hand. All in all, it is a sight to see.