Dakota Building, New York City

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    Dakota building and Strawberry fields

    by mindcrime Updated Mar 30, 2014

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    Dakota is famous because many famous people lived there like the famous dancer Nureyev, John Lennon and Yoko Ono(she still has an apartment there) etc. The movie “Rosemary’s Baby” by Polansky also took place there but only for the exterior scenes. It was built in 1884 by Hardenbergh in renaissance style with high beautiful roofs and a nice terracotta color. So take a pic of it before going into Central Park again for Strawberry fields.

    “Let me take you down, 'cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields.
    Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about.
    Strawberry Fields forever.”
    the first lyrics from Strawberry Fields Forever song by Beatles

    Strawberry Fields is a small part of the park opposite Dakota building dedicated to John Lennon memory after his death (he was been shot in front of Dakota in 1980). You can see a mosaic with the word “Imagine” on it and many flowers and other memorabilia like images, candles, a small guitar etc

    We stood there for a while but we noticed some people (with tears in their eyes!) standing there more than usual...

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    Dakota Building

    by sue_stone Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Dakota Building is an apartment block on the Upper West Side, across the road from Central Park.

    It is famous as it was the former home of John Lennon. In fact, it is here on the sidewalk that he was shot back in 1980.

    Not really a happy tourist attraction....

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    The Dakota

    by MM212 Updated Oct 15, 2009

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    A castle-like edifice more likely seen in Barcelona, the Dakota is a landmark in New York City. It was built in 1884, one of the first structures to be constructed in the surrounding area in the Upper West Side overlooking Central Park. The Dakota was commissioned by Edward Clark, founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, and designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh who also designed several landmark buildings in NYC, among them the Plaza Hotel. Since it opened, the Dakota has been one of the most sought after addresses in the city. Originally, it only contained 65 apartments, some with as many as 20 rooms! Over the years, the Dakota has had numerous celebrity residents, the most famous of whom is John Lennon. The Dakota was mentioned frequently in novels and was also featured in movies such as the 1968 horror film, "Rosemary's Baby".

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    Dakota Apts/ John Lennon Memorial

    by TexasDave Written Apr 16, 2008

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    The elaborate building was built 1881-84 and is mostly known now as the place where John and Ono Lennon lived and where he was shot and killed in 1980. The exterior was used to film Rosemary's Baby It has been home to quite a few other famous people: Boris Karloff, Leonard Bernstein, Lauren Bacall, Judy Garland, Roberta Flack, and many others.

    In 1985 a memorial to John Lennon was built in Central Park- an in-ground mosaic donated by the city of Naples with the word 'Imagine' in the center. Devotees of Lennon maintain a flower arrangement of roses in a Peace sign around the mosaic. Nearby is Strawberry Fields, a garden area arranged for by funds donated by Ono a year after John's death.

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    Dakota Apartments

    by traveloturc Written Aug 4, 2007
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    Build in 1881-1884 seems to be one of the most interesting building in NY .It was one of the Manhattan's first luxury apartment buildings.Today, the building is best known as the home of former Beatle John Lennon starting in 1973, and as the site of his murder on December 8, 1980. As of 2007.Many singers was inspired from this building like Christine Lavin

    The Dakota
    It was a Monday morning, I was coming in from a long trip on the road.
    I flagged a cab near the East Side Terminal,
    I said, "Please take me home."
    We drove up along Third Avenue, crossed through Central Park.
    When we came out at Seventy second Street,
    I felt a cold chill in my heart.

    Every time I see the Dakota, I think about that night.
    Shots ringing out, the angry shouts,
    A man losing his life.
    Well, it's something we shouldn't dwell upon,
    But it's something we shouldn't ignore.
    Too many good men have been cut down,
    Let's pray there won't be any more.

    Rush hour traffic was bottled up,
    We slowly inched by.
    I didn't want to look, but I couldn't help staring
    At the scene of the crime.
    There was an old man sweeping last night's dirt
    Out of the darkened vestibule,
    And a uniformed guard in a gold-trimmed cap
    Watching the world pass in review.

    I don't believe in coincidence,
    So why then on the radio
    Did an old familiar voice
    Echo back from not so long ago?
    "Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace."
    Well, it's hard to do
    When you are on this blood-stained street.

    I wish I had the answer
    To the simple question, "Why?"
    I wish this taxi would go faster
    Oh, I wish the driver would try
    To leave this street
    And leave this old building far behind.
    I wish I could take these bitter thoughts
    And just shake them from my mind.

    But Every time I see the Dakota, I still think of that night.
    Shots ringing out, the angry shouts,
    A man losing his life.
    Well, it's something we shouldn't dwell upon,
    But it's something we shouldn't ignore.
    Too many good men have been cut down,
    Let's pray there won't be any more.

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    Dakota

    by Acirfa Written Sep 7, 2005

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    This is the building that John Lennon both lived in and was murdered outside of. Across the road in Central Park is a garden called Strawberry Hill, dedicated to him and arranged by Yoko Ono. Also there is a ceramic memorial which each day is decorated by a fan of Johns, who's brother owns a flower shop. He takes all the flowers he can and forms a couple of peace signs over the memorial.

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    Birthplace of Rosemary's Baby

    by sarahjayn Written Apr 26, 2005

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    I'm sure lots of babies have hooves, right?

    So, most people go to visit the Dakota Building because its where John Lennon lived when he was shot. (Yoko Ono still lives there, so if you're into pointless celebrity watching . . . ) I went there because I am fairly obsessed with the movie Rosemary's Baby, and the Dakota plays the part of "the Bram." Walking up upon it, you can see why it was chosen as the place for the son of Satan's conception / gestation / birth. It's kind of creepy in an interesting, man-I-wish-I-could-afford-to-live-there way.
    Anyhoodles, it still has the ultra-awesome lillies fountain seen in the opening scenes of the movie.
    It's right across from Strawberry Fields in the park - take a minute to glance over.

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    The Dakota Building

    by kbl Updated Mar 26, 2005
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    The Dakota building is located on West 72nd and 6th. That's next to central park. (If you enter Central Park here, you'll be in the Strawberry Fields of Central Park)

    This building became very (in)famous when John Lennon was shot here.

    The lanterns in front of the building are even now not on electricity, but on gas.

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    Dakota Building

    by roger-ramjet Written Jul 6, 2004

    The Dakota Building is where John Lennon was shot it's an inconspicuous building near the west side of central park, just across the road from strawberry fields. It is one of those places that is worth a look if you are a Beatles fan

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  • There are so many things to do...

    by Jenna_00 Written Aug 26, 2002

    There are so many things to do in New York you could probably spend a month there seeing new things. My favorite things were Central Park, MTV studios, Downtown area, and the Broadway shows.
    I went to Central park to the place for the memorial for John Lennon. I also went and saw the Dakota building where he was shot. MTV studios is great cuz if you don't have time you can just pass by and still see action. During TRL it gets really busy! And for teh broadway shows...there is nothing like them.

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    The Dakota Building is now...

    by Rawicz Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The Dakota Building is now more famous as the site where John Lennon was murdered, and director Roman Polanski has had a tragic history since the film was made with his famous wife being murdered by the Manson cult the following year and with his later conviction of having sexual relations with a minor.

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    See the Dakota Building

    by pourparafor Written Sep 6, 2004
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    Just "imagine" you live here.It will be my new home as soon as someone rich discovers what a wonderful person I am. By the way hello Yoko(you foxey lady you!)

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