The Dakota: John Lennon’s New York City Apartment Building From Outside

John Lennon and Yoko Ono famously lived at The Dakota Building on 1 West 72nd Street New York, NY 10023.  They initially sublet the apartment #72 from actor Robert Ryan and then eventually purchased it sometime after his death in 1973.  Here they are standing in front of their apartment on November 21, 1980 a few weeks before he was murdered.

John Lennon New York City Apartment The Dakota Location

John & Yoko lived on the 7th floor facing West 72nd Street and Central Park West.  Their bedroom window overlooked Central Park.  Here is their apartment out-lined…

John Lennon New York The Dakota Apartment Outside Location

Click below for a hi-res photo of The Dakota…

John Lennon Yoko Ono Apartment The Dakota New York City

The photo below was taken on the window sill in The Dakota apartment on December 8, 1980, the day Lennon was murdered.  Yoko Ono still places a single lit candle on this window sill every year on the anniversary of his death.

John Lennon Dakota Apartment New York City Window

John & Yoko also owned four additional apartments in the building including the next door apartment #71.  The rest were used as an office, storage and guest apartment.  Here’s a photo of the office apartment in The Dakota.  John recorded many home demos from 1975-1980 here at “Studio One” and in apartment  #71.

John Lennon Office The Dakota Building New York

Six months after John was murdered outside of the apartment building, Yoko Ono released her solo album “Season of Glass”.  The album cover is a photo Yoko took from The Dakota window sill of John Lennon’s bloody glasses and a glass of water half full.

John Lennon The Dakota Season Of Glass Yoko Ono

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  1. Moi says:

    I love your site!  So much cool information.  I thought I knew everything about the Beatles.  Nope.

  2. kingsley.w.smith@goo says:

    Interesting website

  3. kingsley.w.smith@goo says:

    I often wondered which was John/Yoko's appartment Many thanks for the interesting information

  4. says:

    Thank for the information. We were just there on Monday and I thought that was the apartment but wasn't completely sure. I was able to get some nice photos of the Dakota from that angle.

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