This Select Member of The Most Famous Hotels in the World belongs to an endangered species. It is at the centre of a permanent clash of interest between keeping an icon alive or closing it down.
"The building sits on 23rd Street with the air of a great dame who finds herself in the midst of a party of her social inferiors but instead of complaining decides to join right in the fun." --The New York Times
"I stay at the Chelsea because I like the creative atmosphere, the thick walls, the high ceilings, the friendly people. You know, some people think that all sorts of wild things are always happening at the Chelsea,but I find it so peaceful. You can have 150% privacy." --Milos Forman
"The Chelsea has always been a sort of Tower of Babel of creativity and bad behavior. Some of the world's most gifted and most destructive minds have called 222 West 23rd Street home." --The International Herald Tribune "You meet people from all over the world on this international bohemian circuit, and they say "see you at the Chelsea." It's as if we have a kind of date there." --Jakov Lind
"The Chelsea Hotel may be one of the few civilized places in New York, if we mean by civilized freedom of the spirit, tolerance of differences, creativity, and art. --Richard R. Lingeman, The New York Times Book Review
"Everybody knows about it. Everybody knows it's a different kind of place, from the moment they walk in the door. The lobby looks like an art galley or museum. You have the feeling that there's something different from this hotel--you don't even have the feeling of a hotel, more that you're walking into a place that is history" --Stanley Bard "Jake Baker could have lived at any hotel. He lived in the Chelsea. He liked it; in fact, he loved the Chelsea. He used to sit in the lobby and watch people coming in and out"James T. Ferrell
On June 18, 2007, the hotel's board of directors ousted Bard as the hotel's manager. Dr. Marlene Krauss (the daughter of Julius Krauss) and David Elder (the grandson of Joseph Gross and the son of renowned playwright and screenwriter Lonne Elder III) replaced Stanley Bard with management company BD Hotels NY, L.L.C., who have since been terminated. A few residents are fighting to return the Bards as managers to the Chelsea Hotel and have mounted a campaign of banners, pranks and other protests toward this end. The struggle to return the Bard family is documented by writer Ed Hamilton on Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog at www.chelseahotelblog.com