A Closer Look At The Most Unusual And Exclusive Address in NYC

If you know the address 432 Park Ave. you’re probably abreast of one of the most notable New York City building projects in recent years. The reaching luxury condominium building is due to be completed this year and will then likely be dubbed the tallest residential building in the world, and the third tallest in all of the United States. There is another super extravagant residential building in the Big Apple. And while it’s not as tall, it’s considered to be most lavish and has a much longer and more interesting history. It’s even been called the most unusual address in New York.

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The Dakota, located on the corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West, was one of the first luxury apartment buildings in New York and certainly the most lavish. The list of features included in historian Andrew Alpern’s upcoming book, ‘The Dakota: A History of the World’s Best-Known Apartment Building,’ would make the average New Yorker weep: tennis courts, marble staircases, oak- and mahogany-paneled dining rooms, 14-foot ceilings, ornate fireplaces, and, of course, those Central Park views.

While the Dakota, which was built in 1884 started with humble ambitions to house the upper-middle class of the late ninetieth-century—for rents up to $5,600 a year—it eventually would become a home to Lauren Bacall, Judy Garland, and John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Will the new luxury properties, like 432 Park Avenue and the upcoming Nordstrom Tower ever be able to compete with the impressive amenities and history of the Dakota? Tell us what you think in the comments.