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    Posted March 18, 2012 by
    Chelsea, New York, New York
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    New York, The Chelsea Hotel, fame, Movie Stars, Rock Stars, and TV. You name it, and when it comes to New York and Celebs, The Rich and Famous, you'll find New York si hard to beat. Well maybe Hollywood? I don't know. What I do know is, being in the restuarant business in New York for more than 25 as a cook, Chef, waiter, manager and Maitre'd for three years at the uber famous and at the time "Thee Hottest Celebrity Hot Spot in Town," Da Silvano, I have met, cooked for and took care of just about every major Movie Star, Rock Star, Celeb you can thingk of, from Richard Gere, to Paul McCartney, Gwyneth Palthrow, Keith Rickhards, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Uma Thurman, Madonna, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Bill Clinto and On-and-On. You name them, I've taken care of them.
    Yes, Da Silvano was the joint they went to. At one time it was Celebrity Central of New York. Today not so much.
    Bar Pitti an offspring of Da Silvano and Minetta Tavern around the block are the joints most preferred by the rich and famous of today.
    And what about the Rich and Famous of another day? Well, in another day, previously mentioned Minetta Tavern was one of the celeb in spots, especially Boxing Greats like Jake LaMotta and Sugar Ray Robinson. Other places you may have found found the Stars, would have been
    PJ Clarke's and The 21 and?
    And where did some of the greats, famed Rock Stars, Writers, actors, directors and poets like Dylan Thomas live? The Chelsea Hotel was one.
    The Chelsea Hotel? Need a room, a new Tatoo, a Lobster Dinner with Classic Cocktail, a Martini, Manhattan. an, or Bourbon Old Fashion? Perhaps a Grasshopper? Want a cool Vintage Guitar or just a Doughnut and Coffee? You'll get em all at the Chelsea Hotel, one of New York's most historical storied Hotels and Thee Art Hotel of New York, who has seen the likes of Bob Dylan, Dylan Thomas, Leonard Cohen, Alice Cooper, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Madonna, Patti Smith, Tennessee Williams, Jack Kerouac,
    Mark Twain, Sid Viscous, Frida Kahlo,Diego Rivera, Franceso Clemente, Jasper Johns. The LIST Goes On-And-On. Jeese! Imagine? Mark Twain, Madonna, Tennessee Williams, and Jimi Hendrix all lived there. At The Chelsea as it is affectionately called by it numerous inhabitants, "Famous" or "Not." If those walls could talk. But it's all coming to an end, what Stanley Bard created as maybe the World's Coolest Hippest Hotel for Creative Artist is coming to an end.

    In May 2011, the hotel was sold to real estate developer Joseph Chetrit for US$80 million dollars. As of August 1, 2011 the hotel stopped taking reservations for guests in order to begin renovations, but long-time residents remain in the building, some of them protected by state rent regulations.

    Daniel Bellino Zwicke

    photo Chelsea Hotel ...Daniel Bellino Zwicke
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