Hotel Chelsea, New York

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The Hotel Chelsea (also the Chelsea Hotel or the Chelsea) is a hotel in Manhattan, New York City, built between 1883 and 1885. The 250-unit hotel is located at 222 West 23rd Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, in the neighborhood of Chelsea. It has been the home of numerous writers, musicians, artists and actors. Though the Chelsea no longer accepts new long-term residents, the building is still home to many who lived there before the change in policy. Arthur C. Clarke wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey while staying at the Chelsea, and poets Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso chose it as a place for philosophical and artistic exchange. It is also known as the place where the writer Dylan Thomas was staying in room 205 when he became ill and died several days later, in a local hospital, of pneumonia on November 9, 1953, and where Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, was found stabbed to death on October 12, 1978. Arthur Miller wrote a short piece, "The Chelsea Affect", describing life at the Chelsea Hotel in the early 1960s. The building has been a designated New York City landmark since 1966, and on the National Register of Historic Places since 1977.

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In memory of Brendan Behan 1922 - 1964 "To America my new-found land: the man that hates you hates the human race." Dedication from 'Brendan Behan's New York' written in the Hotel Chelsea in the spring of 1965. Presented by Bernard Geis Associates.

Hotel Chelsea, 222 West 23rd Street, New York, NY, United States where it sited (1964)