What To See & Visit In New York City - John Lennon's Home The Dakota

03 Mar 2020

What To See & Visit In New York City - John Lennon's Home The Dakota.

The Dakota apartment building was the home of John Lennon, a former member of the Beatles, from 1973 until his murder in the archway of the building in 1980. The Dakota, also known as the Dakota Apartments, is a cooperative apartment building located on the northwest corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West in the Upper West Side of the borough of Manhattan in New York City, United States. Its construction was completed in 1884.

The Dakota was constructed between October 25, 1880, and October 27, 1884. Henry Janeway Hardenbergh's architectural firm was commissioned to create the design for Edward Cabot Clark, head of the Singer Manufacturing Company. The building purportedly was named The Dakota because, at the time of its construction, the area was sparsely inhabited and considered remote from the inhabited area of Manhattan, just as the Dakota Territory was considered remote.

Originally, The Dakota had 65 apartments with four to 20 rooms, no two apartments being alike. These apartments are accessed by staircases and elevators placed in the four corners of the courtyard. Separate service stairs and elevators serving the kitchens are located mid-block. Built to cater to the well-to-do,

The Dakota featured many amenities and a modern infrastructure that was exceptional for the time. The building has a large dining hall. Meals also could be sent up to the apartments by dumbwaiters. Electricity was generated by an in-house power plant, and the building has central heating. Beside servant quarters, there was a playroom and a gymnasium under the roof. In later years, these spaces on the tenth floor were converted into apartments. The Dakota property also contained a garden, private croquet lawns, and a tennis court behind the building between 72nd and 73rd Streets.

List of famous residents:

John Lennon, musician, and composer; murdered there in 1980
Yoko Ono, artist, widow of John Lennon
Sean Lennon, musician, and composer
Lauren Bacall, actress
Harley Baldwin, real estate developer and art dealer
Ward Bennett, architect, and designer
Leonard Bernstein, composer, and conductor
Connie Chung, newscaster
Rosemary Clooney, singer, and actress
Harlan Coben, author
Bob Crewe, songwriter, record producer, and artist
José Ferrer, actor
Roberta Flack, singer
Charles Henri Ford, poet, artist, and publisher
Judy Garland, actress
Lillian Gish, actress
Paul Goldberger, architecture critic
William Inge, playwright
Michael Kahn, theatre director
Boris Karloff, actor
Warner LeRoy, producer and restaurateur
John Madden, football coach, and commentator
Joe Namath, football player
Rudolf Nureyev, dancer
Rosie O'Donnell, actress
Jack Palance, actor
Maury Povich, television host
Gilda Radner, comedian
Rex Reed, critic
Jason Robards, actor
Wilbur Ross, financier

For more info about The Dakota go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dakota

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The Dakota
1 West 72nd Street
New York, NY 10023
72nd Street & Central Park West

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