This engaging documentary profiles New York City’s infamous Chelsea Hotel as well as its many famous occupants over the years – including William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, and Sid & Nancy, as well as more recent residents such as Ethan Hawke and Gaby Hoffman.
It is known for its bohemian existence, the sordid lifestyles of its inhabitants, as well as the site of many intellectual exchanges, drug overdoses, and famous suicides; it is a hotbed of underground culture. The writer Dylan Thomas died there of pneumonia in November of 1953 and Sid Vicious’s girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, was found stabbed to death there on October 12, 1978.
The Chelsea was designated a NYC landmark in 1966 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1977. The hotel closed in August of 2011 for renovations, much to the dismay of tenants, guests, and many local residents.
Now streaming on Netflix!