‘Hotel Chelsea’, also known as the ‘Chelsea Hotel’ or simply the ‘Chelsea’, was a well-known New York City artist enclave for more than a century. The hotel’s history is rich with memorable and iconic anecdotes – from the worlds of music, film, literature, fashion and art.
In April 1912, it was one of several New York hotels to take in survivors from the Titanic.
The hotel has been home to Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Charles Bukowski, Leonard Cohen, Vincent Gallo, Dennis Hopper, Janis Joplin, Stanley Kubrick and Uma Thurman.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke and Jack Kerouac wrote their respective books, 2001: A Space Odyssey and On The Road, whilst staying there.
Poets Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso chose it as a place for philosophical and intellectual exchange.
Madonna, another resident, decided to shoot her photographs for her 1992 book, Sex, in room 882.
Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of the Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious, was found stabbed to death in a room on October 12, 1978.
Regularly cited in films, music and literature – from Andy Warhol’s 1966 film Chelsea Girls and Joni Mitchell’s Chelsea Morning – the Hotel Chelsea has had an unprecedented impact and lasting impression on its residents, their respective work and that works audience.
It was the ideal location for Markus’ sensual fashion shoot with model and TV personality, Chrissy Teigen.