For residents of the Upper West Side, The Dakota apartment building is a spot of envy, sadness and iconic beauty. Built in 1884 by Edward Clark, the building was originally called “Clark’s Folly” because of its remote location, at the time. But by offering many modern amenities that lower Manhattan townhouses did not offer such as electricity, indoor plumbing, elevators and serviced rooms for guests, Clark’s apartments soon grew in fame and popularity. Before the building was even completed, all the apartments were rented and the golden age of the New York apartment was ushered in. The Dakota became the first in a series of many luxury apartment buildings built in New York and served as a model to its successors.
Central Park West between W. 72nd and 73rd St.