bankrupted the Chelsea cooperative and in 1905, the building was purchased and opened as a hotel.
Owing to its long list of famous guests and residents, the hotel has an ornate history, both as a place for creative modern art and home of bad behaviour. Bob Dylan composed songs while staying here, and poets Alan Ginsberg and Gregory Corso chose it as a place for philosophical and intellectual exchange. Dylan Thomas died here from alcohol poisoning after collapsing into a drunken stupor in The White Horse Tavern, in Hudson Street.
Others to have visited or stayed at the Hotel Chelsea include Eugene O'Neil, Thomas Wolfe, and it was here while in residence that Arthur C. Clarke wrote '2001:A Space Odyssey'. Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, Arthur Miller, William Burroughs and Patti Smith are among the many, many celebrities who have stayed here too.
On October 12, 1978 Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols may have stabbed his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen to death in their room in the Hotel Chelsea. Although initially arrested on suspicion of the murder, he was bailed and never charged. Ten days after her death he attempted suicide and was hospitalised for a considerable time. Later he was charged with smashing a beer mug in the face of Patti' Smith's brother and was sent to Riker's Island jail for 55 days and whilst there, is reportedly accredited with writing the following for Nancy:
You were my little baby girl
And I shared all your fears
Such joy to hold you in my arms
And kiss away your tears
But now you're gone there's only pain
And nothing I can do
And I don't want to live this life
If I can't live for you
To my beautiful baby girl
Our love will never die.
He died on 3rd February 1979, from complications arising from a heroin overdose.