The Dakota is one of Manhattan's most distinguished and impressive cooperative residential buildings. It has been home to a number of celebrities including Judy Garland, Leonard Bernstein, Joe Namath, and John Lennon. In December 1980, Lennon was shot just outside of the south entrance by Mark David Chapman. Since his death, the Dakota is frequented by fans of the Beatles' star.
The Dakota, located in New York City, is one of the most
iconic buildings of all time. It was built between 1880 and 1884. The name “Dakota”
was said to come from how the building was so far away from everything because
it was on the upper west side of Manhattan, so essentially it was as far away
as the Dakota Territory. Edward Clarke was the creator of the Dakota building.
He wanted to introduce a new idea of living for the wealthy people in New York
City. The residents would live in a high-end flat instead of a house. Many New
York residents were unsure about living on the upper west side, but once the
Dakota was opened potential residents started pouring in. Over the years the
Dakota became one of the most famous residences to live in on the Upper West
The Dakota’s architecture was unlike any other building in
New York City at the time that it was built. It was inspired by French Renaissance
and English Victorian styles. With magnificent looks on the outside, the
building was a model resident to live in, not to mention all the amenities that
came on the inside. There is 65 apartments in the building with four to 20
rooms within each flat. The rooms range in size, some are as long as 50 feet,
with ceilings up to 14 feet high. The floors are made of oak, mahogany, and
Future tenants have to go through many steps before being
considered to live in the building. Applicants have to turn in financial records
and tax documents, along with paying a fee of $1,000, and going through a thorough
background check. Even after going through all of those processes the board can
still deny the applicant from living there. Many celebrities have been denied
to live in the building.
Though the Dakota is known for many magnificent features, it
is also known for a very tragic event. John Lennon, a musician, lived in the
building for many years with his wife Yoko. On October 8, 1980, Lennon was shot
on the sidewalk outside of the Dakota by Mark David Chapman. This event was the
reason why the board stopped allowing most people to move into the Dakota.