The Chelsea Hotel is a historic landmark in New York City, located on West 23rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. It was built between 1883 and 1885, and is known primarily for two things: the famous residents it had and the number of deaths that took place. The 12-story red-brick building was one of Manhattan’s first private apartment cooperatives. It was reopened as a hotel in 1905, and in 2011, was sold to real estate developer Joseph Chetrit for $80 million.
Mark Twain, Allen Ginsberg and James T. Farrell all lived in the hotel. Actors, film directors, and musicians have all called it home as well. Madonna lived in the Chelsea Hotel in the early 1980s, and Leonard Cohen and Janis Joplin had an affair there in 1968. Bette Midler, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison are also among the list of famous inhabitants. Several survivors of the Titanic even stayed at the hotel.
The hotel is also famous for how many people died there. According to The Telegraph, Sid Vicious killed his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen at the Chelsea. Dylan Thomas drank himself to death and author Charles R. Jackson committed suicide in his room in 1968.
In August 2011, the Chelsea Hotel stopped taking reservations in order to begin renovations, but long-time residents remain in the building. Through the gallery below, we take a look at the hotel and some of its most famous residences.
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