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The end for the Chelsea Hotel?


Is New York’s Chelsea Hotel doomed? NPR asks this question as the famous haunt of writers, artists and musicians has been bought a property developer who doesn’t say much.

The Chelsea Hotel has a literary past like no other. Arthur C. Clarke wrote 2001 while staying there, Jack Kerouac wrote parts of On the Road while there and Dylan Thomas – well, let’s not go into that one.

Once filled with art by residents, the walls and stairwells are mostly bare now. Only the long-term residents remain. The staff — some of whom had been there for decades — have been let go. When the staff left, says Nicola L., “the bellman, the people at the desk — it was like we didn’t have family anymore and we were in an empty boat. “

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