MusicPro (UK) Group News - 17th August 2011

Sid Vicious Murder Hotel Under Threat!

Chelsea Hotel

The New York hotel beloved by the music community where Sid Vicious murdered his girlfriend Nancy Spungen has been bought by developers giving rise to fears that it will close.

Earlier this month, the hotel was bought by developer Joseph Chetrit for a reported price of £51 million, with a view to it being refurbished as a luxury hotel or as condominiums.

Built in 1883, the Chelsea was New York’s tallest building at 12-storeys high. The landmark was so notable that the surrounding area became known as "Chelsea".

Viewed with somewhat rose-tinted glasses by people who have never lived there, its accommodation ranged in size and quality from the palatial to the near-squalid.

Apart from Vicious and Spungen, famous residents included Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Jeff Beck, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Thunders, Phil Lynott, Henri Chopin, John Cale, Édith Piaf, Joni Mitchell, Alice Cooper, Jimi Hendrix, Rufus Wainwright, Madonna, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Janis Joplin, Nico and Arthur C. Clarke.

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