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Free download Life at the Dakota: New York's Most Unusual Address 105 Ó Life at the Dakota is a deliciously entertaining social history that describes the lives of the rich and trendy who have lived at the Dakota a New York apartment house daringly erected in 1884 too far up and on the wrong side of town This story has thLife at the Dakota is a deliciously entertaining social history that describes the lives of the rich and trendy who have lived at the Dakota a New York apartment house daringly erected in 1884 too far up and on the wrong side of town Th. This was an interesting history lesson not just on the Dakota but on New York

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R The Gustav Schirmers were among the early tenants Others such as Boris Karloff Judy Holliday Leonard Bernstein and and Lauren Bacall would follow In this edition the author has included an afterword on John Lennon's murder at the Dako. Life at the Dakota New York's Most Unusual AddressThis was a fun read for the first half to 23rdsthen something odd happened with the politics of running the place and how it changedReally it's a model of how housing throughout the US has adapted some odd solutions HOAs property management companies and cooperatives Some work and some don't depending on the individuals living withinMy favorite nugget of knowledge was discovering what a rascal Isaac Singer Singer Sewing Machines was and that amongst the many many women with which he sewed he had a favorite Isabella Upon his death although they were married he'd had a big family prior to that marriage and Isaac was already a common law hubby when he and Isabella wed Still she was able to convince NY courts that she had legitimate claim to be listed as his official wife and inherit Nice for all the Singer offspring he had plenty to go around Isabella took her share off to Paris to continue to play and play included modeling for artists One story is that one of those for who she struck a pose was Bartholdi and that she was the model for the Statute of Liberty The other story is that the model for the SoL was Bartholdi's mama We'll never know Weird stuff you learn reading about completely other random stuffBack to Life at the Dakota if you are crazy about NY old buildings in NY Edward Clark or any of the many people who have lived in the building or Central Park you will enjoy at least half of this book The rest is very businessy specific to the business of the Dakota

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Life at the Dakota New York's Most Unusual AddressIs story has the fabulous characters sharp insights and captivating anecdotes of Stephen Birmingham's earlier works and the atmosphere of the elegant Dakota is so powerful that the building itself becomes an unforgettable major characte. The history of the building and descriptions of the interiors are fascinating to me given that I am crazy about cozy byzantine spaces However no pictures of anything much inside the building is disappointingThe descriptions of the tenants and their behavior though are really off putting It seems likely that the author either intended this to be a book primarily for the tenants of the building or was given such free access to the tenants and the building to write his book on the condition of having to basically write a vanity project for the tenants Anyway he goes in to way too much detail about these people's lives and they were contemporaries we're not talking about only historical tenants and that felt kind of gross Even if at this point it's all so long ago 1979 that many are likely gone now On another note it is very weird hearing everything he has to say about the John Lennons not always terribly flattering and their coming and going from the building given that within a year of the book's publishing John would be murdered in the entrancewayI would be remiss if I didn't make note of the outdated and unkind by our modern standards attitudes and remarks in the book regarding African Americans Jewish people and gay people I was brought up short continually