Life at the Dakota: New Yorks Most Unusual Address by Stephen BirminghamLife 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 the fabulous characters, sharp insights, and captivating anecdotes of Stephen Birminghams earlier works, and the atmosphere of the elegant Dakota is so powerful that the building itself becomes an unforgettable major character. 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 Lennons murder at the Dakota.
Life at the Dakota: New York's Most Unusual Address
Thank you! You don't have to live on Manhattan's West Side to appreciate this gossipy history of New York's oldest apartment building setting for the movie, Rosemary's Baby , but it would help. Not that Stephen Birmingham Our Crowd, Real Lace, The Grandees confines himself to the Dakota: setting the stage, he shows us New York City in the s--society parties, Central Park squatter shanties, and the Victorian belief that apartment houses were ""architectural inducements to immorality. Rumors of imminent sale and demolition in inspired an angry tenants' meeting with Lauren Bacall ""shouting unprintable curses"" and the decision to co-op the building. Light reading for localites and others attuned to the Scene. There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again.
"The list of features included in historian Andrew Alpern's book, 'The Dakota: A History of the Worlds Best-Known Apartment Building, would make the average.
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The Dakota’s plain western facade, circa 1889.
Anton has contracted malaria and comes home to convalesce. His father, the celebrated talk-show host Buddy Winter, is also at home recovering from a nervous breakdown which culminated in him walking out of his live show, a form of professional suicide from which he seems unlikely to recover. The Dakota Winters is a tour de force in terms of re-creating time and place. The novel is packed with references to specific events and peopled with a host of actors, rock stars, politicians and generally anyone who featured on famous talk shows in this period. New York in is brilliantly evoked as Anton takes the reader to the fashionable bars and restaurants of the period, making for a very interesting and entertaining read. As Anton finally breaks free from his brilliantly clever, but needy father and goes off to make his own career, the dreaded event of the assassination of John Lennon occurs and the reader is left pondering the ephemeral nature of fame and fortune.