The iconic apartment building ‘The Dakota’ is a stunning structure that ushered in an era of luxury apartment living in Manhattan. Built in the 1800s in Gothic and Victorian styles, it is adorned with ornate balconies and a slate and copper roof. Prior to its construction, apartments were often viewed only as a low income housing option. Now a central and desirable spot in the Upper West Side, at the time it was built it was considered far from the center of the city (hence its name, thought to be as far out as North and South Dakota.) The Dakota offered amenities similar to luxury hotel properties to its residents, such as full-time staff, a gymnasium, private dining room, and meal delivery.
Many famous names have called The Dakota home. The building surrounds a beautifully maintained courtyard that was once the arrival spot for carriages. It is perhaps best known, however, as the tragic site of John Lennon’s death. He owned multiple apartments in the building, and was shot upon exiting its entryway. Many of his fans visit The Dakota before or after a visit to the nearby Strawberry Fields.
You can find the Dakota at the intersection of 72nd Street and Central Park West. To get there using the subway, take either the B or C train to the 72nd Street Station. It is only possible to view the exterior of the private residence.