Just because Harlem Week is our minds, don’t think we’ve forgotten about the rest of NYC! Since we’ve been featuring historical sites in Harlem, we can’t go without mentioning another historical site but this time in Chelsea: the Chelsea Hotel. Located on 23rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, the historic Chelsea Hotel is one of my favorite hotels in New York and has unfortunately closed down, according to the New York Times. This hotel once stood as an epicenter for rock-and-roll creativity that has housed the likes of Sid Vicious, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Robert Crumb, and Patti Smith.
The building that holds the hotel opened in 1884 as a co-op and is now being sold to developer Joseph Chetrit, with uncertainty to what will happen to the building. All we know for now is that all the reservations after Saturday, July 31st were canceled. It’s a shame to see such a notable space shut down, but its legacy of rock-and-roll will live on.
So here’s to the historic Chelsea Hotel! You’ll always rock on in our hearts!
Do you have any memories from the Chelsea?