A glamorous yet historical building in New York City and one of my “must-sees” during my New York trip was the Dakota Building. It was actually one of my first stops. Like I said in my Strawberry Fields article, being a huge fan of The Beatles, the Dakota Building is quite important to me.
The Dakota Building is located on the northwestern corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West. Its layout and floor plan betray some influence of French Architecture. In 1972, the Dakota Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places and in 1976, it was declared a National Historic Landmark.
But the real importance of The Dakota Building to me is that it used to be the home of John Lennon starting from 1973. It is also the location where psycho killer Chapman murdered John Lennon on December 8, 1980. John, Yoko, and little Sean lived there because Lennon loved the fact that this place was near Central Park.
While I was there, I swear I could feel some sort of energy, it was actually amazing. But of course I still felt a tinge of sadness. It was like I could almost see John inside the building, still making beautiful music. No one can ever forget John Lennon and the legacy that he left.
Can you believe that I went to this place three times during my whole stay in New York? It was only to feel Lennon´s energy each time I went there. Afterwards, I would visit Strawberry Fields by simply crossing the street. I can go back a thousand times if I can!
On another note, several movies including Rosemary’s Baby and Vanilla Sky used the exterior of The Dakota Building for some shots. The interiors of the building portrayed in the films had to be shot in a sound stage as filming is not allowed inside the building.