|Sign on door of Hotel Chelsea, NYC, August 2011.|
|Hotel Chelsea, NYC.|
The lobby and the hallways are virtual galleries dedicated to the visual artists, whose numbers are too long to list, who have stayed there, often bartering their work for rent with the long-term hotel manager Stanley Bard. Among others, Andy Warhol and his Superstars, frequented the hotel.
|Alton DuLaney at Hotel Chelsea, NYC, 2011.|
|Hotel Chelsea, NYC, 2011.|
|Alton DuLaney, Chelsea Hotel, NYC, January 2011.|
The building, first opened in 1884 as one of the first residential co-ops in NYC, the tallest building in the city until 1899, and which transitioned into a hotel in 1905, was recently sold. Rumor is that it will re-opened after remodeling (and re-branding). Of course the locals are already bemoaning the loss of the cultural landmark, and decrying the end of an era. And of course this is the way that these things work. The zeitgeist happens and then moves on.
But the story of the Hotel Chelsea will not end here. It lives on in songs and poems and photographs and films and memories. It will always be a part of art and history, just like NYC itself.
|Alton DuLaney, Hotel Chelsea, NYC, 2011.|