I went to the NY Library on 23rd street one morning as per my usual to check my email on their WIFI. I arrived a bit early and was hanging around with the regular folk just keeping it real. 😉 I happened to look up and low and behold The Hotel Chelsea was staring right back at me. This hotel has housed so many of my favourite artists. I grabbed a picture to capture the moment.
The Hotel Chelsea — also called the Chelsea Hotel, or simply the Chelsea — is a historic New York City hotel and landmark, known primarily for the notability of its residents over the years. Located at 222 West 23rd Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea, the 250-unit hotel has been the home of numerous writers, musicians, artists, and actors, including Bob Dylan, Virgil Thomson, Brigid Berlin, Charles Bukowski, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Viva, Gaby Hoffmann, Jobriath, and Larry Rivers. Though the Chelsea no longer accepts new long-term residencies; the building is still home to many who lived there before the change in policy. As of August 1, 2011, the hotel is closed for renovations.
The building has been a designated New York City landmark since 1966 and on the National Register of Historic Places since 1977.