222 west 23rd St. (7th Ave. & 8th Ave.), NY 10011
: 1, C, E
Built in 1884 and designed by Philip Hubert of the Hubert, Pirsson & Company, as a complex of 40 apartments, is 12 floors high and has a brick facade with wrought iron balconies. It was converted into a hotel in 1905.
It was the home of famous painters, writers and artists such as Thomas Wolfe, who spent the last year of his life here and wrote “You can't go home again”, Arthur Miller (he lived here from 1962 to 1968), Dylan Thomas, Jane Fonda, Andy Warhol, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix.
The hotel was also in the limelight of the black news when on October 12, 1978 Nancy Spungen, companion Sid Vicious bassist of the band Sex Pistols, was found killed in room number 100. Vicious said he didn’t remember anything because he was under the effect of heroin and other drugs.
Kenneth T. Jackson, Lisa Keller, Nancy Flood
. The Encyclopedia of New York City: Second Edition
. Yale University Press, 2010. p. 235
History of the Chelsea Hotel