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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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  • Are all major tourist come go once a year to New York's Dakota House still could. The Let's go this January in the winter, yet went nowhere and doubles as a walk to think Dakota House and strawberry fields. Walk to Broadway from Columbus Circle, a few minutes right away. Old buildings. This is luxury apartments? This is the impression. Glad I can see actually can be seen in the movie
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  • We stay near here while in NYC so we walk past it a lot. It was where John Lennon lived and Strawberry fields and the Imagine spot are just across the street in Central Park, so it's worth a quick loo...  more »
  • This iconic building is where John Lennon was shot dead in Dec 1980 By a deranged fan Mark Chapman. This building is still home to Johns widow Yoko Ono, other famous people that live there is Bono fro...  more »
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  • Creepy and cool! New York history beautiful architecture. Must see
  • John Lennon was shot here. Overall good place
  • 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.
  • Rosemarys Baby movie was filmed here.
  • Rudolph Nureyev live here. And of course John Lennon lived and got shot here. Tourists come to take pictures to this day. Beautiful apartments

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