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New York's Legendary Hotel Chelsea To Close Its Doors

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So long, Hotel Chelsea.

The legendary New York hotel is closing its doors after being in business for over 100 years.

The 100 sq. foot hotel was the place where Sid Vicious stabbed his girlfriend Nancy in room 100. It's where Jack Kerouac wrote On The Road and Leonard Cohen had an affair with Janis Joplin. The hotel was home to Madonna in the early 1980s when she was just getting her start and to Dee Dee Ramone when he spent two weeks holed up in one of the rooms to kick his drug habit. Moments after finally emerging from his room, a woman landed just outside the hotel entrance where she threw herself off of the ninth floor just feet away from him.

It's a historic and legendary hotel and now it will be closing after new owners bought the property to tear it down.

Writer Ed Hamilton, who has lived in the hotel for 16 years with his wife says:

"It’s an endless source of inspiration because there’s such a weird bunch of characters here. They’re always doing something crazy."

And now he's forced to leave, along with the memories and stories that Hotel Chelsea provided.

Big time sadsies. Wish there was some way to save it.

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22 comments to “New York's Legendary Hotel Chelsea To Close Its Doors”



  1. 1

    100 sq. foot hotel? The place is 10 by 10? Who really cares, it just seems strange to me.



  2. 2

    It can't be torn down, it's a landmark.



  3. 3

    Why can't the city save it as a landmark? Maybe celebrities should step up and buy the property back. First CBGB and now this? Ugh. NY is becoming way too modern.



  4. 4

    This hotel is one-tenth the size of my apartment!



  5. 5

    really Mario, 100sq ft??? 250 rooms? 4.8 sq INCHES EACH??? for a cockroach maybe. Okay, some apts are TINY in NYC (there is one on you tube -90sq ft- $700 a month(has a bathroom, no kitchen, called a microstudio) but don't you have a comp. of what you type????? It is 17700 sq ft, 250 rooms. IT WENT UP FOR SALE LAST YEAR!!! I guess they did not file for landmark.. maybe too many changes, if you file for landmark status, you have to restore it back to its 1883 (?) look. Last year, when it went up for sale, it was estimated it needed about $2-3 mill in renovations. A 'starving' artist hideaway, owner was probably LOSING MONEY… Where were all the celebs, prod. directors LAST YEAR???



  6. 6

    "100 sq. ft hotel": The whole thing is smaller than a death row cell? No wonder it's closing.



  7. 7

    That's too bad. Lots of history there.



  8. 8

    They're not tearing it down. The exterior is landmarked. They are doing some renovations to the interior only.



  9. 9

    100 sqare feet, no wonder Sid Visicous murdered Nancy Spungen there. He had no room to breathe. Maybe instead of tear it down it could be expanded.



  10. 10

    where did you get they are tearing it down?….. from what I have read it is being renovated…..



  11. 11

    don't forget Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith, Edie Sedgwick….etc. The place should have historical landmark status.



  12. 12

    Apparrently Perez Hilton has Fox News disease and is making up his own facts. The Chelsea Hotel is a registered historic national landmark (since 1977) Therefore, it cannot legally be torn down. Perez, stop being a fat lazy Angeleno, hit spellcheck and do some fact checking for once in your fat ass life.

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    13

    First,they got rid of all the grafitti that were like works of art, then CBGB's closed and that pissed me off. If this is true, then everything that was cool and legendary about NYC is officially dead!! So sad…



  14. 14

    They are not tearing it down you dumbass - it's a registered historic landmark here in NYC - An interior designer for a big hotel chain has been hired to redo the interior though so the place is as good as destroyed anyways. MILLION+ DOLLAR CONDOS HERE WE COME! It's a sad state right now in NYC - the soul has been sucked out by the rich. Also, "100 sq. foot hotel" - SERIOUSLY? Lordy you need a proof-reader.



  15. 15

    The Chelsea Hotel is famously haunted. Whatever they build there in its place will continue to be haunted..those poor spirits will still think they're at the hotel where they died…sad news!



  16. 16

    Re: MikelJoshua – It is NOT being torn down. Perez Hilton is just a fat lazy fuck who can't be bothered to spell check, fact check…the single worst and mosr irrrsposnible fat fuck blogger than every got squeezed out of Satan's ass.



  17. 17

    Re: markho

    I thought of Edie immediately.



  18. 18

    Kim Kardashian's wedding cost more than it does to renovate this legendary hotel.



  19. 19

    Re: markho – It does.



  20. 20

    100 square foot???? barbara and perez, your ongoing stupidity is hilarious!!! FUCKING M O R O N S!!!!



  21. 21

    Re: GaGaGoAwayAway – Amen!!



  22. 22

    Damn! It will probably be offices instead to some boring as fuck companies instead. The world is getting less and less interesting.