The Dakota is one of my minor obsessions, like Fabergé eggs and Tiffany lamps—things I’ll never own, but can appreciate nonetheless.
The Dakota, at 1 West 72nd Street in New York, was completed in 1884, as an apartment building for the upper-middle class. In the 13 decades since then, it has been the residence of a huge number of Names, especially in the creative arts. Among those who have lived at The Dakota are Boris Karloff, Judy Holliday, Leonard Bernstein, Jeremy Irons, Harvey Keitel, Salman Rushdie, Robert Wagner, Roberta Flack, Rosemary Clooney, José Ferrer, Charles Henri Ford, Lillian Gish, William Inge, Rudolf Nureyev, Joe Namath, Jack Palance, and Rex Reed.
Among the many people whose applications to live at The Dakota have been rejected by the co-op board are Cher, Billy Joel, Madonna, Carly Simon, Alex Rodriguez, Judd Apatow, Melanie Griffith, Antonio Banderas, and Tea Leoni.
The Dakota also has two significant claims to fame.
- It was the model for The Bramford, the building where Rosemary had her baby in 1966. When Rosemary’s Baby was filmed, it was The Dakota’s exteriors that appeared on screen. (Note: Even in the mid-60s, The Dakota was out of range for a struggling young actor.)
- It was outside The Dakota that John Lennon was murdered. Yoko Ono still lives there, and owns several other units in the building.
Three bedrooms, two and a half baths and over 4,700 square feet. The asking price is $16,750,000.
I’m not nuts about the interiors.