Yoko Ono Leaves The Dakota

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The Dakota. Inset: Yoko Ono in 2011 (background removed) by Earl McGehee – www.ejmnet.com via Wikimedia Commons

Few public figures are as synonymous with the Upper West Side as Yoko Ono. The 90-year-old has called the hallowed halls of The Dakota home since 1973, when she and late husband John Lennon moved into a spacious spread on the seventh floor.

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Lennon’s life was famously cut short at the hands of crazed Beatles fan Mark David Chapman in the Dakota’s archway back in December 1980, but Ono has continued to reside in their nine-room abode — until now. The Daily Mail was the first to report that after years of illness, Ono quietly decamped to a Franklin, New York farm which spans a whopping 600 acres with no plans of returning to the Big Apple. That said, her legendary apartment has yet to hit the market.

The Dakota, located at 1 West 72nd Street and Central Park West, is known as one of the first luxury apartment houses in New York City. The Renaissance Revival structure was designed by architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh and constructed between 1880 and 1884. The nine-story building is perhaps best known for its lavish stone detailing, eye-catching roofs and massive l-shaped courtyard, which was originally intended for horse-drawn carriages.

It first opened to the public as a series of upscale rental units, with yearly pricing between $1,500 and $5,000. In November 1961, it became a cooperative. It quickly cemented its status as a favorite for artists and celebrities, with notable residents including Lauren Bacall, Leonard Bernstein, Roberta Flack, Judy Garland, Joe Namath, Paul Simon and more. The uber picky co-op board has rejected a series of high-profile people over the years too, including Cher, Billy Joel and Madonna.

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Of course, no two people define The Dakota lifestyle more than Lennon and Ono — and Strawberry Fields, the memorial dedicated to the English music icon and peace activist a stone’s throw away from the front steps, is proof.

There are currently three units for sale at The Dakota, ranging from $9.5 million to $20 million, a far cry from the rental pricing of 1884. Strawberry Fields forever!


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