2. The Dakota Apartments

the Dakota apartments

The Dakota Apartments are of course forever connected to Lennon. On December 8th, 1980, in front of the apartment’s grand entrance, after exiting a limousine following a recording session for the song “Walking on Thin Ice”, he was shot by fan Mark David Chapman who became angry about Lennon’s secular lifestyle. Lennon was brought to Roosevelt Hospital by the NYPD, where he died a few hours later. Yoko Ono still lives in the apartment and has the Steinway piano Lennon gifted to her in 1971.

WNYC has a video about some of Lennon’s haunts nearby the Dakota, which includes the garden of the Cafe La Fortuna restaurant (now a hardware store) and the West Side Pharmacy, where he supposedly got to know the owner well.