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The (West Side) Birthplace of West Side Story

Apartment #54 in NYC's Dakota building was where actress Ruth Ford hosted parties with her very famous artsy friends. It's rumored that a chance encounter here, between composer Stephen Sondheim and librettist Arthur Laurents, led to pair to collaborate with Leonard Bernstein on a little in-the-works play now known as West Side Story. The three-bedroom apartment where the magic happened has finally sold for $4M. [Curbed NY]