Books: Talking Walls

LIFE AT THE DAKOTA: NEW YORK'S MOST PECULIAR ADDRESS by Stephen Birmingham Random House; 241 pages; $12.50

No one who saw Rosemary's Baby is likely to forget the fortress that housed the satanic gathering. In real life, however, the forbidding turrets and gables guard one of the oldest, ritziest and most famous apartment buildings in Manhattan. It is the Dakota, behind whose 2-ft. -thick brick walls live such celebrities as Lauren Bacall, Roberta Flack, and John Lennon and Yoko Ono, who own some 28 rooms throughout the Dakota and who once held a séance to commune with departed tenants. Other famous occupants...

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