Life at the Dakota: New York's Most Unusual Address

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Syracuse University Press, 1996 - History - 243 pages
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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 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 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 Lennon's murder at the Dakota.
 

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User Review  - kraaivrouw - LibraryThing

This was an entertaining social history of the Dakota apartment building in New York. The early parts of the book discusses the early history of the building, its first tenants, & its place in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - AlexTheHunn - LibraryThing

Prior to reading this book, I had never heard of the Dakota. Since then, I see it everywhere! I wonder how I remained ignorant of it so long. The building is architecturally fascinating and its ... Read full review

Contents

An Era of Upholstery
3
But Not for the Centry
11
Clark and Singer
21
The Architect
33
East Side West Side
42
Snobs in Reverse
56
Class vs Cult
63
Spooks
73
1o The Rescue Team
92
w IT H O T H E R S IN A Co M M o N E FF o RT 11 After the Crisis
101
Nuts and Bolts
127
VE P R O B L E M S A N D S O L UT I O N
139
Winnies World
167
Old Guard vs New
175
The Palace Revolution
187
Copyright

The Panic of 1960
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About the author (1996)

Stephen Gardner Birmingham was born in Andover, Connecticut on May 28, 1929. He received a degree in English from Williams College in 1950. Before becoming an author, he worked as an advertising copywriter in New York for Needham Harper Steers. His non-fiction books included Our Crowd: The Great Jewish Families of New York, The Right People: A Portrait of the American Social Establishment, The Grandees: America's Sephardic Elite, The Rest of Us: The Rise of America's Eastern European Jews, Certain People: America's Black Elite, Real Lace: America's Irish Rich, and Life at the Dakota: New York's Most Unusual Address. He also wrote nine novels including Young Mr. Keefe. He died from cancer on November 15, 2015 at the age of 86.

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