7. The Dakota Apartments
When a building figures prominently into the story of a classic horror film, you know there must be some trace of real terror attached. The Dakota Apartments, which were built between 1880 and 1884, serve as the Bramford in the 1968 film Rosemary’s Baby. In the film, the building has a legendary history of ties to the occult. In real life, the Dakota is just as, if not more, legendary than the witch filled and tragedy plagued Bramford.
Like the Hotel Chelsea, the Dakota has seen many celebrities pass through its doors including Yoko Ono and John Lennon. Lennon was murdered outside the Dakota by a crazed fan in 1980 and some say his spirit never left. Yoko Ono herself, who lived in the Dakota for twenty years after Lennon’s death, claimed to see his ghost sitting at the piano. Before he was killed, Lennon also claimed to see the apparition of a crying lady.