Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Life at the Dakota

Life at the Dakota: New York's Most Unusual Address  241 pp.

This book was published back in 1979 so it is far from being up to date in the tale of the famous/infamous Dakota apartment house on Central Park West. It includes the history of the building from the beginning when that part of town was a lesser location than the more prestigious East Side of Manhattan. There are anecdotes about the residents who lived their over the years, the famous and not so famous. There is much about the management and mismanagement of the building over the years and the battle to turn it into a cooperative apartment. The author was less than complimentary about some of the famous residents including John Lennon and Yoko Ono. I wonder if his attitude would be different had he written the book after Lennon's murder outside the building in 1980. All in all, this is a so-so book.

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