The Dakota Building – New York City


A few days ago, as I was perusing books for my August TBR, I came across The Address by Fiona Davis, the author of the Dollhouse, I could not resist but request to be sent a copy for review.  I received my review copy this past week and quickly started devouring it.  The Address is scheduled to be published on August 1, 2017.  The review will be coming soon enough but I wanted to share a few “crazy” facts about this amazing building which still stands and functions today on the northwest corner of 72nd Street and Central Park.

  • The building opened in 1884;
  • Some of building’s most famous residents:
    • author Harlan Coben,
    • U2’s Bono,
    • Rex Reed,
    • Jack Palance,
    • John and Yoko Lennon
    • Rosemary Clooney,
    • Connie Chung,
    • Maury Povich


  • The building was reported fully rented before it even opened.
  • The building had no vacancies for 45 years after it opened.
  • The building has no fire escapes – it’s reported that the Architect Henry J. Hardenbergh purposely avoided fire escapes by slathering mud from Central Park between the layers of brick flooring to fireproof and soundproof the building.
  • The apartment where John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived is rumored to have $30,000 buried under the floor.  The resident prior to John and Yoko buried it.
  • It has an in-house power plant which can heat every structure within a 4 block radius
  • Just because you’re a celebrity, you are not guaranteed acceptance as a resident.  Some famous applicants that have gotten rejected are:
    • Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas,
    • Cher,
    • Billy Joel,
    • Madonna,
    • Carly Simon,
    • Alex Rodriguez,
    • Judd Apatow,
    • Tea Leoni.


This information and photos from an article in Business Insider.