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The Dakota

  • 1 W. 72nd St. Map It
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Updated 02/25/2014

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One of the first residences built on the Upper West Side, the château-style Dakota (1884) remains an architectural fixture with its lovely gables, gaslights, copper turrets, and a central courtyard. Celebrity residents have included Boris Karloff, Rudolf Nureyev, José Ferrer, Rosemary Clooney, Lauren Bacall, Leonard Bernstein, Gilda Radner, and Connie Chung, but none more famous than John Lennon, who in 1980 was shot and killed at the Dakota's gate by a deranged fan.

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1 W. 72nd St., at Central Park W, New York, New York, 10023, United States

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Apr 19, 2009

Good, evocative building

A large and attractive late 19th century residential building, full of turrets, gables, and tasteful if sober architectural detail. Has a somber feel to it that will seem more accentuated to Beatles fans, as John Lennon was killed at the 72nd Street entrance. Worth a look.

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