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15 crazy facts about one of New York's most exclusive buildings


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The late-19th-century Dakota building is one of Manhattan's most mysterious and exclusive residences.

Stories of ghost sightings have loomed around the building — located at 72nd Street and Central Park West — for years.

But even more intimidating than its rumors of hauntings is the Gothic-style building's picky co-op board, which has made a sport of rejecting rich and famous applicants.

Here are the 15 most fascinating facts about The Dakota, from past to present.

Brittany Fowler wrote an earlier version of this post.


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1. John Lennon was shot dead in front of The Dakota by a crazed fan.

On December 8, 1980, Lennon was assassinated by Mark David Chapman outside The Dakota. He died at Roosevelt Hospital at age 40 after releasing his album "Double Fantasy."

2. Yoko Ono still lives in The Dakota and says she saw Lennon's ghost there.

Ono and husband Lennon moved into The Dakota in 1973. Ono stayed in the building after Lennon's death and, according to the New York Post's Page Six, saw her husband's ghost sitting at his white piano. She says he told her, "Don't be afraid. I am still with you."

3. When he was alive, Lennon told Ono he saw a "crying lady ghost" in the building.

The Beatles musician told his wife he had seen the ghost roaming the halls.

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