Pols Reassure Hotel Chelsea Residents Amid Renovations
MANHATTAN — Residents at the famed Hotel Chelsea have been contacted by politicians telling them of their rights as the building undergoes major renovation.
A letter signed by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Borough President Scott Stringer, among others, urged occupants to contact their representatives if the work becomes too intrusive, or if their landlord tries to deny them their rights as tenants.
The note was obtained by the New York Observer.
A representative from Quinn's office said that the letter was sent after calls from several worried tenants.
The historic building — which was home to Bohemian legends including Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix — was recently bought for more than $80 million by developer Joseph Chetrit. It closed to guests late last month, though roughly 100 long-term tenants have been allowed to stay.