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Life at the Dakota

Life at the Dakota Author Stephen Birmingham
ISBN-10 9781504026314
Release 2015-12-01
Pages 241
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A history of the Manhattan building and its famous tenants, from Lauren Bacall to John Lennon, by the New York Times–bestselling author of “Our Crowd”. When Singer sewing machine tycoon Edward Clark built a luxury apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in the late 1800s, it was derisively dubbed “the Dakota” for being as far from the center of the downtown action as its namesake territory on the nation’s western frontier. Despite its remote location, the quirky German Renaissance–style castle, with its intricate façade, peculiar interior design, and gargoyle guardians peering down on Central Park, was an immediate hit, particularly among the city’s well-heeled intellectuals and artists. Over the next century it would become home to an eclectic cast of celebrity residents—including Boris Karloff, Lauren Bacall, Leonard Bernstein, singer Roberta Flack (the Dakota’s first African-American resident), and John Lennon and Yoko Ono—who were charmed by its labyrinthine interior and secret passageways, its mysterious past, and its ghosts. Stephen Birmingham, author of the New York society classic “Our Crowd”, has written an engrossing history of the first hundred years of one of the most storied residential addresses in Manhattan and the legendary lives lived within its walls.

Life at the Dakota

Life at the Dakota Author Stephen Birmingham
ISBN-10 081560338X
Release 1996
Pages 243
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This social history 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. The book covers tenants such as the Gustav Schirmers, Boris Karloff, Judy Holliday and Lauren Bacall.

New York s fabulous luxury apartments

New York s fabulous luxury apartments Author Andrew Alpern
ISBN-10 UOM:39015015504023
Release 1987-05-01
Pages 159
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Magnificently illustrated directory of 70 of Manhattan's most splendid addresses, with history, commentary, floor plans, more. 221 photographs and drawings.

Our Crowd

 Our Crowd Author Stephen Birmingham
ISBN-10 9781504026284
Release 2015-12-01
Pages 416
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The New York Times–bestselling history of the rise of the most powerful and privileged Jewish families in America They immigrated to America from Germany in the nineteenth century with names like Loeb, Sachs, Seligman, Lehman, Guggenheim, and Goldman. From tenements on the Lower East Side to Park Avenue mansions, this handful of Jewish families turned small businesses into imposing enterprises and amassed spectacular fortunes. But despite possessing breathtaking wealth that rivaled the Astors and Rockefellers, they were barred by the gentile establishment from the lofty realm of “the 400,” a register of New York’s most elite, because of their religion and humble backgrounds. In response, they created their own elite “100,” a privileged society as opulent and exclusive as the one that had refused them entry. “Our Crowd” is the fascinating story of this rarefied society. Based on letters, documents, diary entries, and intimate personal remembrances of family lore by members of these most illustrious clans, it is an engrossing portrait of upper-class Jewish life over two centuries; a riveting story of the bankers, brokers, financiers, philanthropists, and business tycoons who started with nothing and turned their family names into American institutions.

Luxury Apartment Houses of Manhattan

Luxury Apartment Houses of Manhattan Author Andrew Alpern
ISBN-10 0486273709
Release 1992
Pages 186
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Lavishly illustrated volume provides detailed mini-histories of the Gramercy, Ansonia, Hotel des Artistes, Joseph Pulitzer's palatial residence, and many other luxurious lodgings. 175 illustrations — many from private sources — depict interiors and exteriors. Introduction. Index.

740 Park

740 Park Author Michael Gross
ISBN-10 0307418766
Release 2007-12-18
Pages 576
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For seventy-five years, it’s been Manhattan’s richest apartment building, and one of the most lusted-after addresses in the world. One apartment had 37 rooms, 14 bathrooms, 43 closets, 11 working fireplaces, a private elevator, and his-and-hers saunas; another at one time had a live-in service staff of 16. To this day, it is steeped in the purest luxury, the kind most of us could only imagine, until now. The last great building to go up along New York’s Gold Coast, construction on 740 Park finished in 1930. Since then, 740 has been home to an ever-evolving cadre of our wealthiest and most powerful families, some of America’s (and the world’s) oldest money—the kind attached to names like Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Bouvier, Chrysler, Niarchos, Houghton, and Harkness—and some whose names evoke the excesses of today’s monied elite: Kravis, Koch, Bronfman, Perelman, Steinberg, and Schwarzman. All along, the building has housed titans of industry, political power brokers, international royalty, fabulous scam-artists, and even the lowest scoundrels. The book begins with the tumultuous story of the building’s construction. Conceived in the bubbling financial, artistic, and social cauldron of 1920’s Manhattan, 740 Park rose to its dizzying heights as the stock market plunged in 1929—the building was in dire financial straits before the first apartments were sold. The builders include the architectural genius Rosario Candela, the scheming businessman James T. Lee (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s grandfather), and a raft of financiers, many of whom were little more than white-collar crooks and grand-scale hustlers. Once finished, 740 became a magnet for the richest, oldest families in the country: the Brewsters, descendents of the leader of the Plymouth Colony; the socially-registered Bordens, Hoppins, Scovilles, Thornes, and Schermerhorns; and top executives of the Chase Bank, American Express, and U.S. Rubber. Outside the walls of 740 Park, these were the people shaping America culturally and economically. Within those walls, they were indulging in all of the Seven Deadly Sins. As the social climate evolved throughout the last century, so did 740 Park: after World War II, the building’s rulers eased their more restrictive policies and began allowing Jews (though not to this day African Americans) to reside within their hallowed walls. Nowadays, it is full to bursting with new money, people whose fortunes, though freshly-made, are large enough to buy their way in. At its core this book is a social history of the American rich, and how the locus of power and influence has shifted haltingly from old bloodlines to new money. But it’s also much more than that: filled with meaty, startling, often tragic stories of the people who lived behind 740’s walls, the book gives us an unprecedented access to worlds of wealth, privilege, and extraordinary folly that are usually hidden behind a scrim of money and influence. This is, truly, how the other half—or at least the other one hundredth of one percent—lives.

Manhattan Classic

Manhattan Classic Author Geoffrey Lynch
ISBN-10 9781616892678
Release 2014-06-10
Pages 224
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The Dakota. The Apthorp. The San Remo. The names of these legendary New York apartment buildings evoke images of marble-lined lobbies, uniformed doormen, and sunlit penthouses with sweeping Central Park views. Built from the 1880s through 1930s, classic prewar apartments were designed to lure townhouse dwellers reluctant to share a roof with other families. Billed as private mansions in the sky, they promised a charmed Manhattan lifestyle of elegance and luxury. Manhattan Classic takes readers on a lavishly illustrated guided tour of eighty-five of the most coveted buildings in New York. Author Geoffrey Lynch provides capsule histories—equal parts architectural and social history— of the most celebrated examples, with anecdotes about well-known residents and essential information about notable features. This gorgeous coffee table book is an indispensible resource for apartment hunters, real estate and design professionals, and anyone fascinated by the grace and glamour of prewar style.

The Address

The Address Author Fiona Davis
ISBN-10 9781524741990
Release 2017
Pages 368
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Sara, a servant in 1884 is given the opportunity to move to America and manage the grand New York apartment house, The Dakota. It offers her a world of possibility, including being close to the Dakota's famous architect, Theo. A hundred years later in 1984, interior designer Bailey is fresh out of rehab and is tasked with helping her cousin redesign her apartment in the famous Dakota. Once there, Bailey learns all about the building's history, including its architect Theo, and the mad woman named Sara who stabbed him to death.

The Dakota

The Dakota Author Andrew Alpern
ISBN-10 1616894377
Release 2015-10-13
Pages 224
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The Dakota is arguably the best-known residential address in the world, home to dozens of New York City's most famous artists, performers, and successful executives. The rare sale of an apartment there, usually at jaw-dropping prices, is newsworthy, as is the financial and architectural health of the building itself, a landmark in every sense of the word. The first true luxury apartment house built in New York City, more than 130 years ago, the Dakota is still the gold standard against which all other apartment buildings are weighed. Historian Andrew Alpern tells the fascinating story of how the Dakota came to be, how Singer sewing magnate Edward Clark dared to build an apartment building luxurious enough to coax the city's wealthy from their mansions downtown for ultra-modern living on what was then the swamplands of the Upper West Side. Redrawn plans of the entire building, published here for the first time, show how Clark created apartments glamorous enough that they made living under a shared roof as acceptable in Manhattan as it already was in Europe's grand capitals, forever revolutionizing apartment life in New York City. This internationally renowned building is now accessible to us all—at least in print, if not in its ultraprivate and well-guarded reality.

The Wrong Kind of Money

The Wrong Kind of Money Author Stephen Birmingham
ISBN-10 9781504026345
Release 2015-12-01
Pages 416
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A gripping novel of dark family secrets, bigotry, lust, and lies set in the world of the phenomenally wealthy The Liebling family is among the wealthiest in New York, but in the eyes of “old money” gentile aristocrats like the patrician Van Degans, they will always be lower-class Jewish nouveau riche—especially since it’s common knowledge that patriarch Jules Liebling built the powerful Ingraham Corporation from the profits he made selling liquor during Prohibition while in cahoots with dangerous mobsters. Jules is long dead and his widow, Hannah, runs the business with a tyrannical hand. Hannah is reluctant to turn over the reins to the heir apparent, her capable son Noah, despite the fact that she is now well into her eighties. But when Noah’s wife, Carol, meets Georgette Van Degan for lunch at Le Cirque, gossip circulates around Manhattan about a thaw between the families and, quite possibly, a partnership. As rumors fly, family skeletons on both sides are exposed, leading to jealousy, betrayal, and even violence. Author Stephen Birmingham explores the dark side of wealth, family, and privilege in The Wrong Kind of Money, brilliantly displaying his phenomenal storytelling skill along with his intimate knowledge of the lives of America’s aristocrats.

The Grandes Dames

The Grandes Dames Author Stephen Birmingham
ISBN-10 9781504041041
Release 2016-09-27
Pages 299
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The Grandes Dames gives brief and lively portraits of eight American women who wielded their wealth and influence to reshape the nation in the period between the 1870s and the Second World War.

Real Lace

Real Lace Author Stephen Birmingham
ISBN-10 0815605099
Release 1973
Pages 322
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Stephen Birmingham turns his eye to the great Irish-Catholic dynasties of America - violent, colorful, charming and charmed: the Kennedys, the Cuddihys, Buckleys and Bradys, and the California "Silver Kings", the Floods, Fairs, Mackays and O'Briens. Many of these families started with every disadvantage; fleeing from the great Irish potato famine, they arrived penniless in the slums of New York and Boston. But from desperate poverty and degradation they rose to fame and fortune, fueled by a powerful combination of driving energy, native wit, strong religion, stronger drink, and, of course, the luck of the Irish. Remarkable characters, warring families, and fluctuating fortunes - out of this rich material Birmingham has fashioned an extraordinary social history.

The Grandees

The Grandees Author Stephen Birmingham
ISBN-10 0815604599
Release 1997
Pages 368
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Decendents of the original 23 Jewish families who arrived in New York in 1654, the Sephardic Jews began a tradition of wealth, pride and exclusiveness. This is the story over three centuries of power, achievement, scandal and folly, elegant lifestyles and flamboyant personalities.

A Grand Tour of the Dakota Apartments

A Grand Tour of the Dakota Apartments Author S. Cardinal
ISBN-10 0692553932
Release 2015-10-10
Pages 328
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A unique and grand tour of the world's most famous apartment building from the world's foremost scholar on the Dakota. This is the ultimate book for anyone interested in the Dakota. 600+ incredibly rare and unique images - including the layout of apartments on every floor - bring readers on a journey they will never forget. Reprints of vintage articles and plenty of original content offer in-depth glimpses of the architectural, historical, and social significance of this awe-inspiring building that has been, and will always be, associated with John Lennon and Rosemary's Baby. Readers will read about, and will see, many wonderful things! This is more than just a grand tour. It is an adventure back in time! This is the opportunity fans of the Dakota have been waiting for. This book was previously only available for bulk sales and during lectures. Upon popular demand, in mid-2015 it was finally released as a mass-market book around the world.

The Dakota Scrapbook Volume 1 Exterior

The Dakota Scrapbook  Volume 1  Exterior Author The Cardinals
ISBN-10 0970081510
Release 2014-04-01
Pages 172
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Completed in 1884, the Dakota Apartment building has been the home of numerous luminaries of business, literature, stage, and screen. Some of the first residents to live there included members of the Steinway family, as well as successful publishers, merchants, and even a Bishop. Hundreds of rarely-seen and vintage articles and photos from the late 1800s and into the 20th century help tell the astonishing history of the Dakota while showcasing many of its architectural wonders. For over 100 years the Dakota's appearance has inspired a sense of mystery and history within people. Now they can experience the early days of the Dakota and the Upper West Side first-hand by viewing the actual vintage articles, photos, sketches, and design plans from that time. This book shares information and trivia which is of great interest to anyone interested in architecture, the history of New York, and great true stories." Among the educational trivia in the book is that the Dakota was considered to be one of the first - or perhaps even the first - luxury apartment building in New York by offering such amenities as residential elevators, multiple bathrooms per apartment, kitchens, a barber shop, firewood and coal delivery, and a private dining room for residents so they did not have to hire a staff to cook for them. In fact, their meals could be enjoyed in the first floor restaurant or the meals could be delivered - and served by the Dakota's staff - in the residents' apartments. "The Dakota Scrapbook" gives readers a grand tour around the exterior of the Dakota, which also includes a unique glimpse of the roof - which resembles a miniature European village - and also invites readers into the Dakota's guarded courtyard which showcases two stunning cast-iron water fountains which once served as the center of a turn-around for horses-and-carriages. It is the Dakota's unique architecture and history that allowed it to be designated as a New York City Landmark in 1969. The building was also added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, and it was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1976. The Dakota Scrapbooks were researched, written and designed by a team of Investigative Historians, writers, and photographers known as "The Cardinals."

Life at the Top

Life at the Top Author Kirk Henckels
ISBN-10 0865653402
Release 2017
Pages 312
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An insider's tour of New York City's top buildings and most extraordinary apartments What are New York City's best apartment buildings? Before 1900, it was the Dakota and the Osborne; soon after came McKim, Mead & White's 998 Fifth and the ultrasoign. 820 Fifth Avenue. The roaring twenties produced true luxury: 740 Park Avenue, the art deco-inspired River House, and Rosario Candela's extraordinary 778 and 720 Park Avenue. Today, the city's skyline sparkles with palatial new buildings, such as Robert A. M. Stern's 15 Central Park West, Richard Meier's glass-walled Perry Street towers, and 432 Park Avenue, New York's tallest residential building. Kirk Henckels and Anne Walker, real estate and architectural insiders, chronicle the fortunes and features of 15 outstanding apartment houses with a wealth of vintage and new photography and architectural plans, and show off select apartments as they look today, designed by top interior designers.

California Rich

California Rich Author Stephen Birmingham
ISBN-10 9781504041058
Release 2016-09-27
Pages 318
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California Rich is the entertaining and scandal-filled look inside the lives of the Golden State’s moneyed elite.