Designated a national landmark, the Dakota was one of Manhattan's first luxury high-rise apartment buildings. It’s infamy in pop-culture was established when John Lennon was murdered on its doorsteps by a deranged fan. The building has also made cameos in films such as Rosemary’s Baby and Vanilla Sky. Lennon wasn’t its only famous tenant, residents include; Yoko Ono, Lauren Bacall, Roberta Flack and Rex Reed. Visit at night when most windows are dark and the Gothic feel is in full effect.
Yes! There are few residential buildings as emblematic as the Dakota. It's also a great place to begin a visit to Central Park. At the park's entrance on 72nd, you'll find yourself in Strawberry Fields, home of the famous "Imagine" John Lennon memorial. From there it's only a few minutes to the Bethseda Terrace and several other Central Park sights.