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The infamous Hotel Chelsea (222 West 23rd street) had its last hotel guests on Saturday night before a new era of ownership, and like a cliche of its past, the night was filled with an alleged attempted suicide, a fight, parties through the night, and a ‘fist through a glass door’ according to the New York Times.

The new buyer is supposedly real estate investor Joseph Chetrit, who has had experience in renovating historic hotels, and who will need to upgrade the electrical, plumbing, ventilation, and the lobby according to the article. The building itself is land-marked, so the facade and structure will likely stay the same.

Built in 1883 to the west of Madison Square Park, the Hotel Chelsea (222 West 23rd street) is one of the most legendary hotels in New York City. A popular temporary home among writers, artists, and musicians, the hotel is apparently in need of a modernization.

Among other things, it was the site where author Dylan Thomas died, the girlfriend of Sid Vicious died, Warhol filmed a movie, and Arthur C. Clarke wrote ’2001: A Space Odyssey’ among other things. You can read the history of the hotel and it’s famous guests at www.hotelchelsea.com/history.php.

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