Hotel Chelsea Up For Sale
New York's famous Chelsea Hotel is up for sale. The hotel's website delineates its history, much of which is told on the plaques outside the hotel. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. Another plaque commemorates the fact that author Thomas Wolfe (writer of Look Homeward, Angel and other books stayed here during the later years of his life). Other plaques celebrate the hotel's legacy that includes Brendan Behan, James Schuyler and Arthur Miller. The hotel was more infamously, the site of the murder of Nancy Spungen (she of "Sid and Nancy" fame).
The Chelsea Hotel has been owned by three families for 65 years. The Hotel Chelsea's board has said that it hopes that a new owner would re-energize and revitalize the hotel but keep the spirit of the hotel as a haven for artists alive. Some have expressed concern that the sale means that the hotel's unique character will be destroyed, others say that the hotel has already changed from what it was.
The 12-floor, 250-room hotel was built in 1883 on 23rd Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues. It is a mix of transient hotel rooms and residential units but also has retail space and an 8,000 square foot terrace with river views. It was converted to a hotel in 1905.