My Elegantly Shabby Dowager: The Chelsea Hotel

My Elegantly Shabby Dowager: The Chelsea Hotel

The Chelsea Hotel on West 23d Street in Manhattan is an elegantly shabby Victorian-Gothic hotel, which is registered as a national historic landmark. The Chelsea has a long history of serving as a sanctuary for the the avant-garde.

Through the years, those who lived at the Chelsea have included Jack Kerouac, Thomas Wolfe, Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard, Tennessee Williams, Edith Piaf, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jean-Paul Sartre, Leonard Cohen, Willem de Kooning, Jane Fonda, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Milos Forman, Jimi Hendrix, Dennis Hopper, Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, Vladimir Nabokov and Wes Klein. Dylan Thomas drank 18 straight whiskies there. His last. Arthur C. Clarke wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey while living there.

Recently, a corporate-style management team has taken over running the Chelsea, and its artist-residents are worried that the hotel will be transformed into a posh New York “boutique” hotel. A national grassroots protest is underway, and this posting is in support of that protest.

This slideshow presents photographs of the Chelsea, as well as some of the artists and celebrities who have lived at the Chelsea.

Slide Show: My Elegantly Shabby Dowager/The Chelsea Hotel

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Rufus Wainwright: The Chelsea Hotel #2

To learn more about the Chelsea, please visit: Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog

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  1. Urban Wanderers: The Itinerant Lives of Artists in the Modern City « Et Cetera: Publick and Privat Curiosities Says:

    […] of this plight being experienced by artists in Manhattan is the story of what has been happening at The Chelsea Hotel on West 23d Street, an elegantly shabby Victorian-Gothic hotel, which is registered as a national […]


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