Upper West Side, New York City
There is plenty of great architecture in New York City and one of the most famous buildings is the Dakota Building because of its most famous resident, Mr. John Lennon of the Beatles. The Achitect was Henry J Hardenbergh who built it in 1881-84. I would consider the building German Gothic, French Renaissance and or English Victorian.
The Dakota Building is at the edge of Central Park and made famous because it was home to one of the most famous residents ever, Mr. John Lennon. It was also the sight where one morning he walked out and signed a fan’s autograph and then later that day upon his return the same fan whacked him.
For someone who wanted peace this was a tragic way to go. It happened right on the steps you see in this picture.
Today his widow Yoko Ono still lives there with many other celebrities like Connie Chung, I believe Maury Povich, Lauren Bacall, Roberta Flack, John Maddon, Paul Simon and a few others.
On Dec. 8, 1980 Mark David Chapman, a crazed fan, ended the life of one of the World's great musician / songwriters John 'Ono' Lennon. As John and Yoko returned home, the gunman approached them and shot Lennon to death. Then he casually laid down his gun, sat on the step and read a book.
Lennon died right here on the sidewalk in front of his New York home as Yoko watched in horror. Ironically, John had just autographed his record 'Double Fantasy' for Chapman just hours before the assassin returned to kill him.
This is the entrance as seen from across West 72nd St. John and Yoko's driver dropped them off on the night of Dec. 8th, 1980. Chapman waited there by the entrance and shouted "Hey, John!" Then fired five shot's. When police arrived they asked the fallen star; "Are you John Lennon?" his last words were; "Yes, I am". Chapman was arrested without incident.
Fondest memory: The Imagine mosaic in Central Park at Strawberry Feilds.
Once upon a time, the Upper West side was a remote, out of hand area of Manhattan where few people really wanted to live. Then came a huge population growth and the subway.
Until not too long ago, this area was still pretty unappealing to most newyorkers. I know people who say they never would have walked on Riverside drive, and who chose to live near Washington Square rather than on Central Park West.
If you've seen West Side Story, you probably know what I'm talking about. After that production, the area between 64th, 70th streets, broadway and West End Avenue underwent a serious renewal. The Lincoln Center for the performing arts was built, and the huge residential complex of Lincoln Towers was erected (that's where I'm writing from).
By the seventies, the Upper West side was up and swinging toward becoming one of the trendiest places to live in New York City. Movies like Nora Ephron's "You've got mail", and tv shows like Will&Grace are set in this neighborhood.
The final stage of the Upper West Side Saga has been recently completed, as billionare Donald Trump built new towers on Riverside drive.
Favorite thing: The best way to experience this city, or any city, is to walk as much as possible. See things from a human level. People watch. Eat where the locals eat. Drink with the locals. Walk until you can walk no more.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a complex of several buildings and resident companies.
1. The New York State Theater
2. Damrosch Park
3. The Metropolitan Opera House
4. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
5. The Vivian Beaumont Theater and
The Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
6. Avery Fisher Hall
7. Josie Robertson Plaza
8 Milstein Plaza
9. Alice Tully Hall
10. The Juilliard School
11. The Samuel B. and David Rose Building with the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse (10th floor) and the Clark Studio Theater (7th floor)
12. The Walter Reade Theater.
The numbers correspond to the numbers on the map of Lincoln Center here.
Fondest memory: An array of tours and special programs is available for both individuals and groups.
Among the tours offerred for individuals are:
The Lincoln Center Tour- one hour visit to the Metropolitan Opera House, the New York State Theater, and Avery Fisher Hall.
Tours with a Bite- the above plus a light meal at Café Vienna.
Pianoforte Tour- the Lincoln Center Tour plus a visit to Klavierhaus, a working museum.
Starry Nights- Lincoln Center Tour plusdinner at one of the restaurants and a performance.
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Favorite thing: Lincoln CenterThe Upper West side is a residential area rich in theater, restaurants and culture. Lincoln Center sits at its base, serving as a mecca for the arts. This neighborhood is rapidly emerging and has become a destination for more than just the opera. Spend some time shopping in some of the new stores that now align Amsterdam Avenue. Plan an evening around one of the various venues at Lincoln Center. There are several longstanding restaurants that offer prix-fixe dinners or choose from a variety of casual eateries. Local jazz clubs and cafés in the neighborhood are a perfect choice to end the evening at listening to music and relaxing.