Back in February, we noticed that apartment #54 at the Upper West Side's legendary Dakota was having a little trouble selling, despite the fact that it belonged to actress and William Faulkner ex-girlfriend Ruth Ford and was the alleged birthplace of "West Side Story." Today the Journal's Josh Barbanel digs a little deeper into the apartment's history. Turns out Ford, who died last year, left it and her Dakota studio to Indra B. Tamang, an immigrant from Nepal who spent more than 30 years as a butler, cook, and caretaker to Ford and family. Tamang put the 3BR #54 on the market for $7.5 million, but it's been chopped all the way down to $4.5 million. Tamang hopes to hang on to the studio, but brokers tell the Journal it's "unlikely that the Dakota's co-op board...would let a former staffer live in the building." Which makes us a little less jealous of Tamang's inheritance.
· At the Dakota, an Immigrant Lives an American Dream [WSJ]
· Alleged Birthplace of West Side Story Keeps Cutting Its Price [Curbed]