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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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  • Well, nothing much but imagine that the door once was dating the great John Lennon feel weird ... even a part of the nearby Central Park, he was given with a space, the Strawberry Garden, where he often went ... even for an obvious and important space reported Italian dedication from Naples!
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  • the dakota building worth seeing it. very well known for the place where he was killed j. lennon...il dakota building was already famous for its unusual architecture when it was built. If you go to central park to see.
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  • You will only be able to view the exterior of the Dakota, so it's not worth a special visit unless you are a fan of John Lennon and want to see where he lived and died. That said, it's just outside th...  more »
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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)