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The Dakota is arguably the best-known residential address in the world, home to dozens of New York City's most famous artists, performers, and successful executives. Historian Andrew Alpern tells the fascinating story of how this internationally iconic building came to be. Redrawn plans of the entire building, published here for the first time, show how Singer sewing magnate Edward Clark created the first true luxury apartment in New York City, more than 130 years ago. More recent illustrated articles are reprinted in their entirety to provide a virtual reference library on the Dakota whose famous residents include Leonard Bernstein, Judy Garland, Joe Namath, Boris Karloff, and Lauren Bacall. Includes reprints of several lifestyle magazine pieces showing the interiors of the apartments of dancer Rudolf Nureyev, artist Giora Novack, and designer Ward Bennett.
ISBN 9781616894375. Princeton Architectural Press.