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  1. Changing Faces of the Chelsea Hotel

    The Chelsea Hotel may once have been New York’s artistic hub, but new ownership and rising property prices have all but driven out Manhattan’s artists. Two retrospective accounts of the hotel — home to Arthur Miller, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen and others — tell very different stories. Sherill Tippins paints a rosy picture of narcotically glowing creative harmony. But James Lough portrays tragic dissolution, reminding us that so many intoxicated guests fell down the hotel’s stairs that management was forced to board them up.

    The Nation

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