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Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith

Three blocks south of the San Remo on Central Park West is the Dakota, best known as John Lennon's last home, and the site of his murder. But it's also famous for being home to numerous other entertainers and high-profile figures — and for rejecting them. Among the rejections are the Hollywood couple Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, Cher, Billy Joel, Carly Simon and Alex Rodriguez. More recently, the Dakota board has declined director Judd Apatow and actress Tea Leoni.

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