Manhattan is the archetypal cosmopolis. Its character is perfectly represented by the architecture of Central Park West. This boulevard overlooks 840 acres of public grounds and boasts some of the city's finest architecture. Buildings that speak various languages, each one looks different, each brings its own flavor, but together they create a stimulating and fascinating visual fabric.
At the heart of Central Park West stands a legendary addresses, the Dakota, famous for being the home of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Built in 1884, when the Upper West Side was nowhere near the heart of Manhattan, the Dakota was designed by Henry Hardenbergh. He intended the Dakota to look, not like an apartment building, but rather like one of the lavish chateaus built along the corridor of the wealthy, Fifth Avenue. The Dakota offered average, middle-class New Yorkers a lifestyle of grand scale, luxury more typical of the other side of the park.