NYC Haunted Houses, Restaurants, Theatres and Hotels Part 7
Central Park West at 72nd St.
In the sixties, the ghost of a young boy/young man was seen by a couple of construction workers at The Dakota. A girl dressed in turn-of-the-century clothing was seen by painters working at the building several years later. John Lennon, who was murdered outside the Dakota in 1980, is also rumored to haunt the area around the undertakers gate. To add to the eerieness, the building was also the setting for Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby.
The Dakota, a NYC landmarked building is also famous for being the home at one point or another of many other celebrities—Judy Garland, Yoko Ono, Lauren Bacall, Leonard Bernstein, Rex Reed, William Inge, and Connie Chung. When it was completed in 1884, this grand apartment building was located in an unfashionable and desolate district, which prompted New Yorkers to quip that it was as distant as the Dakota Territory.
The name stuck even as the building’s fame and success spurred the area’s subsequent transformation into the populous Upper West Side. Designed by architect Henry J. Hardenbergh of Plaza Hotel fame, the nine-story Dakota still stands out among its posh neighbors. Detailed stonework, reliefs, balconies, gables, and even a Native American figure adorn the outer walls. Choice apartments offer to-die-for views of Central Park and encompass a central courtyard.
Current availabilities at the Dakota for a 2 bedroom currently starts at $4.4m-$5.95m; two, 3 bedroom units at $4.95m, $6.45m $12.5m respectively; one, 4 bedroom at $14.5m; and one, 5 bedroom at $17.95m.
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