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The Dakota, New York City

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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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  • The whole area (districts, malls, sights) around the Central Park is amazing. The Dakota is a nice, old, picturesque structure but not some greatness nor attraction. The most impressive is that Lennon stayed here. There is a monument in the Park. However, you need not just for this reason.
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  • Sad memories are that are evoked when you have compared it to "Dakota", there at the entrance to a December 8, 1980 was murdered John Lennon. The building (which was under repair) is very nice - no doubt that in the area there are others of equal or best architecture - however the point that has given him fame is his sad memory. In Central Park which is just across the street you can buy some souvenirs of the artist. There is a station of Metro just in front of the building. Enjoy New York. LIFE... is a trip!
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  • Home to some of the richest, most creative, and most talented people in the world. Around the corner from this building is where John Lennon was tragically murdered. 
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  • I was born in Liverpool and when I visited NYC one of the first things I wanted to visit was Central Park, Strawberry Fields and The Dakota. Loved the park but when I went to the Dakota Building it was entirely covered in scaffolding and netting! I could 'imagine' John laughing at a fellow Merseysider who had come all this way to see his NYC home!
  • Huge, gorgeous, architectural apartment building. Historically worth going to see it, be able to say you were there. For the Beatles fan it is definitely worth going to especially if you are at Strawberry Fields.
  • The building is beautiful, although I never went inside. The guards were friendly and answered questions in a great mood. Would love to see the inside one day.
  • Imagine all the people that have been here, its easy if you try. I know someday my mate will join us and the world will be as one. I have weed nun meetings here on the Thursday of every month, great views but my John Lennon glasses don't do me any justice.
  • I always pass this building with great sadness as it's where we lost the Great John Lennon (RIP)