A-List Celebrity Central: The Dakota

The Dakota House’s 65 apartments is home to many celebrities, perhaps most famously John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Built in 1884 by the heir to the Singer Sewing Machine company,, and it is located on the northwest corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West. The Dakota was so named because at the time it was built, the Upper West Side of Manhattan was sparsely inhabited and considered as remote as the Dakota Territory, in this case North Dakota. Rosemary’s Baby was set in this ominous looking building.

The Dakota is best known as the home of former Beatle John Lennon, who was shot and killed at the building’s entrance by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980. Every year on this date, fans gather across the street in Strawberry Fields to celebrate his memory and music.

But just being famous won’t get you in here. Madonna, Cher, Alex Rodriguez, and Melanie Griffith all tried to get an apartment here and all and were rejected. Here are just a few of the most famous rsidents of The Dakota:

John Lennon
Yoko Ono
Connie Chung
Maury Povich
John Madden
Roberta Flack
Joe Namath
Judy Garland
Lauren Bacall
Boris Karloff
Jock Lemon
Gilda Radner

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