To say the least, the Chelsea Hotel is not your average New York City hotel. One notable guest, sci-fi author Arthur C. Miller recalled in his memoir that you could get high from solely the marijuana fumes lingering in the elevator of the hotel. For over 100 years, this counter-cultural landmark has served some of the world’s greatest poets, musicians, and artists of all time. Although sold for $80 million in 2011, the hotel remains home to several eccentric New Yorkers, including nightlife darling and event promoter Susanne Bartsch. The hotel is currently undergoing a massive renovation, but it is anticipated that it will reopen its doors to hotel guests in 2017.
Without further ado, here are our favorite secrets of the infamous Chelsea Hotel:
Photo by James and Karla Murray Photography
On Sunday, August 21st at 12pm, Untapped Cities will host the tour STOREFRONT: A HISTORIC EAST VILLAGE FOOD TOUR, led by photographers and authors James and Karla Murray. This visit will cover the food, history and diverse culture of the East Village while tasting delicious specialties from at least 6 different tasting stops.
Below, James and Karla have written a piece for us about one of those stops, Veselka:
Discover the food, history and diverse culture of the East Village while tasting delicious specialties from at least 6 different tasting stops. Many family-run businesses started out as traditional mom-and-pop stores passed down from generation to generation, and defined their neighborhoods. Not only are these modest small businesses falling away in the face of modernization, gentrification, and conformity, the once unique appearance and character of New York City’s colorful streets suffers in the process. On this tour you will learn about the diverse German, Italian, Jewish and Ukrainian history of the East Village and try some fresh homemade Italian mozzarella, drink an authentic New York City egg cream or have a freshly roasted cup of coffee, taste a hot Ukrainian potato pierogi with toppings from Veselka, sample a freshly baked Jewish sugar cookie, enjoy an authentic New York hot dog and tropical drink and taste a freshly baked Italian cannoli.
The Spring 1956 Edition of The Negro Travelers’ Green Book via The University Libraries Digital Collection
Whether traveling to a National Park or just driving down to the shore, road trips are an integral part of American culture. However, during the age of Jim Crow, African American travelers faced insurmountable hardships when trying to plan their road trips. In order to publicize the discrimination he faced and to help his fellow African American travelers, Victor Hugo Green published. The Negro Travelers’ Green Book (also known as The Negro Travelers’ Green Book or just The Green Book). The Green Book was published between 1936 and 1964 in order to provide African Americans a list of establishments in which they were welcome.
As Green was from Harlem, the book was originally New York focused, but eventually included much of North America. While the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Heart of Atlanta Motel Supreme Court case made the book obsolete, the locations listed still possess incredible historical meaning.
Listed below are five New York City sites that were welcoming to African American travelers in an age when that was revolutionary.
Inside the Holland Tunnel. Image via Flickr by Daniel Mennerich
Commuters and weekend travelers are perhaps all too familiar with the Holland Tunnel. So today, we provide you with fun facts and forgotten secrets about the tunnel between Manhattan and New Jersey, a feat of engineering and ventilation at the time it was built.
Andy Warhol in The Factory. Photo via Phaidon.
Andy Warhol was not only one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century, but an equally iconic New Yorker. Although he died in 1987, the pop artist would have been celebrating his 88th birthday this year on August 6th. In honor of his birthday, here are 10 spots to visit in honor of Warhol.
Fugue in B♭by Jessica Segall
The month of August sizzles with installations from Fort Tilden to Long Island City to Harlem. This month, viewers will celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service at Fort Tilden, with works by the Rockaway Artists Alliance, enjoy light shows and installations indoors and out. Celebrate the 30th anniversary year for Socrates Sculpture Park with the works of eight artists, and check out a roof installation in a new gallery in El Barrio.
New York will once again receive public artwork to add to our list of private art in public spaces on 57th Street, and prepare for a new permanent installation by the Hells Kitchen/Hudson Yards Alliance. We will check in on a few exciting new murals around town, and finally retrace our steps in Riverside Park to view Aaron Bell’s original M2M sculpture, following the controversy.
Here are our top 11 installations not to miss in August.