Bob Dylan fans have reacted with fury to allegations the owners of New York’s legendary Chelsea Hotel have wrecked the room the rock legend once lived in.
Devotees have bombarded the city’s Buildings Department with complaints, claiming the hotel’s new owners are ripping apart room 211 – where Dylan once resided – despite only having official permission to renovate its kitchen and bathroom.
One blog shows a picture of the room stripped down and filled with trash, reports the New York Post.
The building, on Manhattan’s west side, has long been a mecca for artists, writers, actors and musicians. It has housed some of the most important cultural figures of the 20th century, including Dylan Thomas, William S Burroughs, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Jack Kerouac, and Dennis Hopper.
Sex Pistol Sid Vicious lived in room 100 and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen died there in 1978. And Bob Dylan spent many years in room 211. The hotel is immortalised in his song Sara, which includes the lyrics, “I’d taken the cure/Stayin’ up for days in the Chelsea Hotel/Writin’ Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands for you.”
The Chelsea was recently sold by its longterm owners, and critics claim the new proprietors are destroying its history so they can increase rents.
According to the Post, the Buildings Department has investigated the renovation and found no cause for complaint.
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