Discussion in 'New York/US' started by Idris2002, Aug 1, 2011.
No. This is awful. I used to stay there when in NY on (music) business.
I could have stayed anywhere, because it was on expenses, but it was my choice. The staff were great and I always got a room overlooking West 23rd, so I could watch the world go by.
The end of an era indeed, very sad
I stayed there several times. It was a bit of a dump mind, with mismatched furniture and the noisiest pipes imaginable, but I'd rather that than a hoity toity hotel.
I think the rot set in when they opened a poncy wine bar in the basement.
The best cockroaches in town as well!
Crunchy, with a chewy centre?
No more running for the money and the flesh.
It was never poncy all th etimes I wnet there, If anything it was something of a dive!
Good enough for Quentin Crisp good enough for me.
I remember it well.
Quentin Crisp was long dead before the wine bar opened!
He'd be turning in his grave - wine bar!!
What about Dylan Thomas .....
(funnily enough , looked it up on the net the other day - and it seemed to have "improved" from the anarchistic mode of the past- not that its a bad thing of course)
Just went back and read the article - as ever - its all about real estate and money.....
Gritty NYC had its downsides - but does everyhting have to be sanitised FFS ....
Manhattan is long, long gone.
more about the guy buying it
his cousin, also in real estate, was immortalized in this picture
Surprızed ıt lasted so long.
Not really. It was probably the greatest cıty ın human hıstory. I feel blessed that I lıved there ın my early 20s, when ıt was at ıt's late-80s peak of depravıty.
If you are a bit nostalgic for the old place there is a book by Joseph O'Neill called Netherland and a lot of it is set in The Chelsea Hotel. Very enjoyable read.
After a few changes it is going to reopen as the Bradley Hotel.
Some great pics here:
What Life Was Like in the Chelsea Hotel in the 1990s and 2000s
Its future remains uncertain:
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