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The Dakota Apartments Tours

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The Dakota Apartments
One of Manhattan’s most storied—and macabre—buildings, the Dakota has pride of place on Central Park West. The architectural icon of the Upper West Side was a stand-in for the fictional Bramford in the horror film Rosemary’s Baby; it’s also where John Lennon was shot in 1980.

The Basics
Designed by architect Henry J. Hardenbergh (who also created the Plaza Hotel and the Waldorf Astoria) and built in 1884, the Dakota has been listed as a National Historic Monument since 1976. Roberta Flack, Judy Garland, Lauren Bacall, and Leonard Bernstein are some of the celebrities who have called the Dakota home over the years—and musician Yoko Ono is still a resident today. Recognizable for its soaring gables and ornamented exterior, the Dakota remains one of the most desirable luxury apartment buildings in the city, despite—or perhaps because of—its spooky lore.

Numerous Upper West Side tours feature the Dakota Apartments, including neighborhood walking jaunts, architecture-themed excursions, and filming location itineraries.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Dakota is a popular stop for pop culture junkies and architecture enthusiasts.
  • According to several accounts, the Dakota is supposedly haunted, and ghost sightings have been reported.

How to Get There
Located at 72nd Street and Central Park West, the Dakota is easy to get to by subway. Take the B or C train to 72nd Street station, or the 1, 2, or 3 train to 72nd and Broadway. Several bus lines also serve the landmark.

When to Get There
The Dakota isn’t generally open to the public, but its imposing facade is impressive from every angle. Stop by at twilight to capture photos as the sun goes down.

Nearby Attractions

The Dakota is located just steps from Central Park and the Strawberry Fields memorial, dedicated to John Lennon. Other nearby cultural attractions include the New-York Historical Society, the American Museum of Natural History, and Lincoln Center.
Address: 1 W 72nd St, New York City, New York 10023, USA
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New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

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Make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps on a guided tour of NYC’s top attractions. Travel by both boat (seasonal) and bus as you swing by the 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and more. Then hop aboard a luxury boat for a sightseeing cruise past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, complete with stunning views of the world-famous skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.
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Central Park Highlights Walking Tour

Central Park Highlights Walking Tour

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With its wealth of landmarks and vast size, exploring Central Park on your own can be overwhelming. With this guided walking tour, avoid the hassle of following a map and take in the highlights with a guide. Admire the storied bridges, fountains, and statues at a leisurely pace while learning about the park’s history and design, and see the famous spots featured in hundreds of films.
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Inside Central Park Bike Tour

Inside Central Park Bike Tour

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Pedal the shady paths and boulevards of Central Park on a guided bike tour with a small group of cyclists. Enjoy a leisurely pace as you trace a route to landmarks and hidden gems, from the Bethesda Fountain to the memorial at Strawberry Fields. See the Dakota apartment building where John Lennon lived, then loop around Cleopatra’s Needle and visit Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. Take in the natural side of life in New York City with an experience that’s suitable for all fitness levels and experience.
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TCM Classic Film Tour of New York

TCM Classic Film Tour of New York

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See the real-life set of dozens of classic movies on this NYC film tour. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, movie buffs can visit more than 60 filming locations—many of which you would likely miss if traveling on your own. Your guide also shares movie trivia and insider details at stops along the way. Additionally, movie clips that corresponding with the passing sites are played onboard the comfortable coach.
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Central Park Highlights Small-Group Bike Tour

Central Park Highlights Small-Group Bike Tour

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Explore the beautiful sights of Central Park on this leisurely bike tour. Follow your local guide along the park’s scenic and bike-friendly paths as you cruise by famous attractions like Strawberry Fields, Belvedere Castle, Cleopatra’s Needle, and the Bethesda Fountain. Learn about the history of this green oasis in the center of Manhattan on an easy ride. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour to suit your sightseeing schedule.
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New York City Scavenger Hunt: Central Park Adventure

New York City Scavenger Hunt: Central Park Adventure

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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Central Park and More Bike Tour

Central Park and More Bike Tour

Breath freely in the Lungs of New York! Visit the many film locations throughout Central Park park and see parts of the park unknown to most New Yorkers. Ride along the cultural Museum Mile. Explore the Artistic and Ritzy neighborhoods of the Upper East and Upper West Side for lunch. Sights include: Bethesda Fountain, Onassis Reservoir, Conservatory Garden
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NYC Highlights Private Tour by Foot and Subway

NYC Highlights Private Tour by Foot and Subway

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Traverse the Big Apple by foot and subway and discover the best of New York City on this private tour. See famous landmarks such as Rockefeller Center, the World Trade Center, the Brooklyn Bridge, and more during this 4-hour excursion. Learn about the city’s history and culture from your informative guide and customize parts of the itinerary based on your interests and preferences.
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NY Tours Central Park

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This Trip Is Your Ultimate Guide To The Places You Have Been Dreaming About . You Will Learn Everything You Need To Know About Central Park. You Will Be Able To Stop At Your Choice Of Stops For Picture Taking. There Willl Be Brief And Detailed Stories About The Places You Pass By And Stop For. You will Discover 20 Plus Attractions While Your Professional Tour Guide Is Pointing To The Movie-Locations You Have Been Wondering To see. You Will Be Exploring Residential Places Of More Than 40 Celebrities Around The Park. All your questions will be Answered While Being riding In An Eco Friendly Pedicab.
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Small-Group Walking Gluten Free Food Tour of New York City

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Small-Group Walking Gluten Free Food Tour of New York City

If you are living with celiac ~ coeliac disease a gluten free diet is 100% essential. This tour is a must as we take you to a selection of establishments that offer 100% gluten free food. On our walk we will also point out notable landmark sites through central park. At the end of each tour we will direct you to other gluten free establishments that you must visit during your stay for a safe gluten free travel experience.
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Central Park Running Tour

Central Park Running Tour

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Squeezing in a workout while on vacation can be hard, but this running tour of NYC’s Central Park allows you to work up a sweat while sightseeing. Explore the park's lower loop and learn about the architecture, design, and history from your local guide. You'll enjoy well-marked trails, shaded roadways, and plenty of urban scenery on this memorable guided run.
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Met Museum & Central Park Private Skip-the-Line Combo Tour

Met Museum & Central Park Private Skip-the-Line Combo Tour

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The vast size of Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art make them daunting to take on by yourself. With this private tour, see the highlights of both in one day with a guide. Stroll through the famous urban greenscape to take in Bethesda Fountain, Strawberry Fields, and Sheep Meadow. After a lunch break, immerse yourself in the Met’s world-class collection as you learn the background behind works from ancient Egyptian statues to modern masterpieces.
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Met Museum & Central Park Semi-Private Skip-the-Line Tour: Max 8 People

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See two of New York City’s headliners in a single day with this tour that combines culture and nature. Take in Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a guide to admire their most important landmarks and masterpieces. Stroll through the park past Bethesda Fountain and Strawberry Fields, then save hours with priority entrance to the Met and peruse its vast collection from ancient Egyptian artifacts to Impressionist paintings.
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New York City Central Park Guided, Semi-Private Walking Tour

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Though many travelers explore Manhattan’s Central Park independently, it's all too easy to get lost in this huge park. Admire the park's highlights and uncover its history with this guided tour through this landmark, 843-acre green space. Pass landmarks like Bethesda Terrace, the Sheep Meadow, and Bow Bridge, see the lovely tree-lined Mall and the Central Park Zoo, and make sure you stay on track with a guide to lead the way.
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Central Park New York Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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Central Park is New York City’s most beloved urban oasis, but not many know the park’s interesting history and design. With this private walking tour, take a deep dive into the park’s past as you stroll with a guide to landmarks you’ll recognize from movies and TV, like the Gapstow Bridge, Strawberry Fields, and Bethesda Fountain. Join locals lounging in Sheep Meadow and see John’s Lennon’s former apartment building.
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The Upper West Side: The Development of an Early NYC Suburb

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History and architecture fans will love this walking tour of New York’s Upper West Side. Your guide will help you make sense of the beautiful brownstones, beaux arts, and Queen Anne buildings, giving you a deeper take on their architectural styles than you’d gain alone. As this is a walking tour you’ll experience the city from an up-close, intimate perspective, and see beyond the usual tourist sights.
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