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The Chelsea Hotel 222 W. 23rd St.

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This hotel really should have an address like 666 W. 66th St. given its history. It’s been around a long time and has the significance of being “the first building to be listed by New York City as a cultural preservation site and historic building of note”. Of course this is not why it’s so famous. If you ask anyone on the street why the Chelsea Hotel is such a landmark, most people will point out the fact that it housed some very well known artists and bohemians since its opening as a hotel in 1905, (After having been built in 1883 as a private apartment cooperative at first). Bob Dylan composed a few songs here and the writer Dylan Thomas drank himself to death, while Arthur Miller chose this hotel to write “A View From a Bridge”. Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe resided in room #1017 when they were Just Kids. Musicians have always flocked to the Chelsea such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin (room 723), and the Grateful Dead. There have been murders at the Chelsea such as the stabbing of Nancy Spungen allegedly by the hands of her boyfriend Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols. Mainly, this Hotel is known for all things racy. Drugs and orgies and wild parties during the 1960’s and 70’s. Too bad I missed all of that:) That was when New York was dangerous and fun. Over the years the Chelsea Hotel has quieted down, in line with how New York City has become much more well- behaved. The hotel now caters mainly to tourists although I have heard that some photographers such as Annie Leibovitz enjoy booking a suite for a photo shoot here once in a while. Some of the rooms have not aged at all and deep history intertwines throughout.


Written by agnesbstanton

May 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Posted in Chelsea, Hotel