Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #50

The Dakota

Architect: Henry J. Hardenbergh
Style: French Revival
Use: Residential
Opened: 1884
Borough: Manhattan

The oldest luxury apartment building in New York City is a majestic chateau on Central Park West, so highly anticipated at the time of its construction that all of its apartments had been leased by the time it opened, in spite of the comparatively sparse development in the neighborhood at the time. Renowned for celebrity tenants, it has been the home of Lauren Bacall, Leonard Bernstein, Rosemary Clooney, Judy Garland, Paul Goldberger, Boris Karloff, Rudolf Nureyev, Rosie O’Donnell, Maury Povich, and Gilda Radner, among others. Its looming quality gives it enough drama to serve as the primary backdrop of the movie Rosemary’s Baby and the novel Time and Again.

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