The Dakota Building is one of the most architecturally significant places in the city of NY, but also one of the most intriguing for darker reasons, such as having been the backdrop for the murder of John Lennon.
According to some stories, this New York landmark is haunted. Whether true or not, there are many fascinating things that have happened in connection with this building that are worth learning about.
If a curse really exists, it may have become more prominent with Lennon's death.
Of course, it is likely that any large and majestic which was built in the 1880s has been the scene of at least a few disturbing incidents.
John Lennon photographed outside where he lived, the Dakota building. Source: CheatSheet
However, what makes the history of the Dakota Building more fascinating than most are the close ties it has to many celebrities. Aside from Lennon, countless well-known people such as Lauren Bacall, Boris Karloff, and Joe Namath have lived there.
It is worth noting that the Dakota was also a prominent filming location for one of the most famous movies in history.
So are the ghosts in this building responsible for the curse and the reason so many residents die young?
In this building was filmed rosemary's baby
This famous movie made by Roman Polanski he used the exterior of the Dakota building to represent The Bramford, the home of some of the central characters of said film.
That choice may have had many unintended and macabre consequences. Once the filming was over, several people involved in the production company began to experience very strange events.
Examples of this there are several, but among the most striking is that the composer Krzysztof Komeda fell into a coma in a strange coincidence while the producer William Castle suffered a severe case of kidney stones. While in the hospital, they both had vivid hallucinations about the movie.
John Lennon saw a ghost while living in the Dakota Building
Before the famous singer was shot dead outside the Dakota building, he said he saw a ghost in the hallways.
At that time he described said ghost as a crying lady.
One of the most famous murders occurred in this building
People still flock to the outskirts of the Dakota Building decades after John Lennon's death.
It was just outside the main entrance doors that Mark Chapman shot and killed one of music's most legendary and beloved figures.
Even if no curse existed before Lennon's death, the Dakota Building has felt cursed and haunted ever since. After all, this building is now known as the place where Lennon died.
They assure that John Lennon haunts the place of his death
Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, has publicly stated that her husband's ghost is in the Dakota Building.
She even claims to have heard Lennon's ghost speak and it turns out that she is not the only one who has had a paranormal encounter with Lennon since the musician Joey Harrow also claims that he has seen it.