The Real Deal New York

Hotel Chelsea history “Inside the Dream Palace” provides good background, but excludes real estate dirt: Book review

By Leigh Kamping-Carder | January 17, 2014 04:30PM

From the January issue: The Victorian hulk of The Chelsea Hotel Looms Over West 23rd Street, as imposing a façade as it is a symbol of New York City’s cultural legacy. In its 129-year history, the illustrious structure has housed Jackson Pollock, Allen Ginsberg, Janis Joplin, Dennis Hopper, Bob Dylan and dozens of other notables.

But if the structure at 222 West 23rd Street, between Seventh and Eighth avenues, is a cultural landmark, it is also a touchstone in the history of New York real estate — an early experiment in communal living in a money-obsessed town. [more]