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Alleged Birthplace of West Side Story Keeps Cutting Its Price

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We're drawn to any listing in the Upper West Side's legendary Dakota, but apparently the same cannot be said for everyone. At least not when it comes to apartment #54, which has been entertaining the PriceChopper repeatedly since hitting the market in mid-December. At first, the 3BR, 2.5BA was asking $7.5 million. But by the end of January, it was asking $6.25 million, and now it's down to $5.999 million, 20 percent less than the initial price. The Dakota has a history of famous occupants, so which boldfaced names have occupied #54? According to the listing, it belonged to model/actress Ruth Ford, a girlfriend of William Faulkner's. Not only that, but "'West Side Story' was hatched in her living room, where a chance encounter between composer Stephen Sondheim and librettist Arthur Laurents led to their collaboration with Leonard Bernstein, another Dakota neighbor." It's got history, connections, and just the right amount of mindblowing wallpaper, so what's the problem? Maybe the monthly maintenance of $5,088.

· Listing: 1 West 72nd Street [Elliman]
· Dakota coverage [Curbed]

The Dakota

629 U.S. 190, , LA 70433 Visit Website