By Terry Trucco
Today we say good-bye to the fabled Hotel Chelsea, or at least the high-profile bohemian flophouse we knew. On July 31st, at the stroke of midnight, the hotel that housed Virgil Thomson, Sid Vicious and Viva closed its doors to overnight guests, and its future as a hotel is unclear.
It is believed the building has been sold to developer Joseph Chetrit, who numbers the newly stylish Empire Hotel among his properties. In recent weeks, word spread that the hotel would close for a year for deep-dish renovations, overseen by architect Gene Kaufman, known for contemporary sliver buildings with checkerboard exteriors like the Times Square triplets (Embassy Suites, Candlelight Inn and Holiday Inn Express on West 39th Street). (more…)