The Chelsea Hotel Finds New Life...As A Guitar
The story isn't quite finished yet at the Chelsea Hotel (are you really surprised?), despite the fact that its new owner has temporarily shuttered the whole place.
A Racked story explains that pieces of the hotel's woodwork (as in, beams, lumber and scraps) are actually being used by Carmine Street Guitars owner Rick Kelly to, yep, build new guitars. Apparently, Kelly sees the relics as "bones of Old New York City." Funny, we'd be willing to bet they'd find actual bones in there, if they were willing to dig deep enough.
According to Racked:
"[Kelly] picked up wood beams that the Hotel had discarded over a year and a half ago. Referring to the components as "bones of Old New York City", Kelly has salvaged from other illustrious sites, too—like literary hangout Chumley's and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's loft renovation.
Our favorite order: A custom guitar made of Chumley's and Hotel Chelsea lumber for former hotel resident Bob Dylan."
Really brings a whole new meaning to the idea of a "rock 'n roll hotel," doesn't it?