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The Dakota, New York City

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Unfortunately I was in the works and could not be seen in its splendor. Famous building for being the residence of Yoko Ono and place of the murder of J.Lennon. Fix in the uniformed porters from the main entrance, and the view from the entrance to Central Park.
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  • It was in this building where John Lennon was murdered. Next to one of the entrances to Central Park, is place of pilgrimage of many Beatles fans, who go there to pay their respects. At the entrance of the Park can be seen Strawberry Fields, another place frequented by many fans. In addition to history, the building is beautiful and has several famous residents.
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  • External interest in terms of building architecture. There lingered before John Lennon murdered by an admirer and until today the Yoko retains some apartments that rent. Just opposite the Central parks and monument exists.
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful old NYC apartment building with a long history of famous residents. It's definitely worth seeing for that alone, but especially if you are doing the whole John Lennon experience, along with adjacent Strawberry Fields.
  • Viewing the place where John Lennon was killed was solemn. One thing is reading about, but seeing where it actually happened brings it home. Very sad indeed.
  • Great historic place. Beautiful architecture and a great tribute to John Lennon.
  • I yard to walk past this place every now and then. I was taken by the handrails. It was only after a few years that I realized what it was and it's history.
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