October 21, 2010
When it was built in 1883, Hotel Chelsea was the first co-op apartment building in New York City, and the building served as both a 101-unit co-op and 125-room hotel. Throughout its history, it has housed musicians like Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix, and it was also infamous for the death of Dylan Thomas and the stabbing of Nancy Spungen allegedly by her boyfriend Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols.
Hotel Chelsea shareholder and board member Paul Brounstein told the Associated Press, “It is time to let a new owner, with perhaps some new innovative ideas and resources, to re-energise and revitalize the Chelsea.”
Some residents like Tim Sullivan are anxious about the sale, warning potential buyers, “They’re going to have to deal with a hundred people who have lived here 30 years, and we don’t take too lightly to, you know, turning it into a McDonald’s.” Other residents like David Linter aren’t as worried. When asked how he felt about potential changes, Linter shrugged his shoulders and replied, “I’m sure that’ll affect me, but that’s okay by me. I don’t mind being affected by things. I just go with it, you know? I’m a ‘60s guy. I go with the flow.”
To take a look inside the Hotel Chelsea, check out the Associated Press’ video and interviews with residents at http://www.smh.com.au/world/remembered-well-chelsea-is-now-for-sale-20101021-16vyg.html?autostart=1, and read more about the Hotel Chelsea’s history on the building’s website at http://www.hotelchelsea.com/history.php. Also, you can check out other residential buildings in Chelsea at Neighborhood NYC at http://neighborhoodnyc.com/category/chelsea/.