4. Edie Sedgwick
Warhol Superstar, fashion icon, and alleged old flame of Bob Dylan, Edie Sedgwick called the Chelsea home during a peak in her drug addiction. On a particularly bad night, the It Girl reportedly set fire to her apartment after having nodded out with candles still burning.
7. Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe
As Smith writes in her New York City memoir, “Just Kids”, she and Mapplethorpe fled to the Chelsea while the pair were sick and lice-infested. It was at the Chelsea that Patti Smith wrote the play “Cowboy Mouth” with her former lover, Sam Shepard.
As many are aware, Hotel Chelsea closed it’s doors to the public for renovations in 2011. Remaining residents report constant frustrations regarding new ownership, fundamental changes structurally and culturally, and a generally ominous feeling that the struggle to preserve artistic communities in Manhattan as well as the surrounding boroughs is becoming catastrophically difficult.
But whatever ultimately happens to the Chelsea Hotel, whatever happens to those of us scraping by to stay in New York, let’s just reflect on how ridiculous it must have been to have lived there during between the 60’s and 80’s.
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