Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Chelsea

by Heather Liang, 11/12/2014

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  • Chelsea Hotel
    The Chelsea Hotel—or Hotel Chelsea, if you like—is bursting with history. It began its life in 1883 as a private apartment cooperative (by some accouts the City's first), and up until 1899 the 12-story structure was the tallest building in the NYC. Following the co-op's bankruptcy in 1905, it became the Hotel Chelsea and began its life as a bohemian stronghold; it has since played host to numerous writers and artists. Bob Dylan lived here when his first baby was born in the 1964, and Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Patti Smith also stayed at various times. It's rumored to be where Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols stabbed girlfriend Nancy Spungen to death, though it's not clear if he's the one responsible. It's where Arthur C. Clarke lived when he wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey, and it was the former home of the late Dee Dee Ramone—who wrote a novel about the fabled building called Chelsea Horror Hotel. The hotel was designated a New York City landmark in 1966, though that didn't stop the doors from closing in 2011. It is currently being renovated and will reopen in 2015.

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