- New York's first luxury apartment house is still one of its most prestigious private addresses. Its history started in the 19th century when it pioneered an area of the city that was then still mostly farmland. With 65 apartments, the imposing, neo-gothic Dakota attracts the rich and famous. Past tenants have included Lauren Bacall, Judy Garland, Rosemary Clooney and Boris Karloff. Unfortunately, most people now know the side entrance to The Dakota as the place where ex-Beatle John Lennon was murdered in 1980 (he lived there at the time). The Dakota is further notorious as the place where Oscar-winning actor Gig Young committed murder-suicide in 1978 by shooting his wife and then himself.
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