It has come to my attention that the Chelsea Hotel, arguably the most Rock ‘n’ Roll hotel in the world, is closing down. Sid Vicious killed Nancy Spungen there. Arthur Clark wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey there. Jack Kerouac booked a room there with Gore Vidal. The painter Mark Rothko even used the dining room as a studio, and playwright Arthur Miller stayed there for six years following his divorce with Marilyn Monroe.
The ultimate fate of the hotel is that it is to be converted to either condominiums or a luxury hotel; all current residents (some of whom have been staying for months or years) are to be given notice to leave. A sad end to a great piece of New York City.