Romancing The life and death of creative minds in Chelsea, Manhattan
Among Manhattan’s many romantic haunts, the famed late-Victorian Chelsea Hotel might rank rather low by some standards. Its sexy history as home to literary and artistic greats from Dylan Thomas to Patti Smith to Janis Joplin conjures an almost gamey enchantment, to be sure. Brick, marble, and upholstery are all somewhat worn about the edges, notwithstanding the Internet magic that enables the Chelsea to spin itself as a boutique hotel. But that frayed, bohemian vibe might be just what powers the passion between you and the object of your desire. Maybe you share a nostalgic penchant for Beat Poets or a morbid curiosity for macabre places. Hotel Chelsea is where the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas drank himself to death and was the final stop on Syd and Nancy's heroin-fueled punk-rock romantic tour (he allegedly stabbed her to death in #100's bathroom).