The Chelsea Hotel, at 204 West 23rd Street in Manhattan, has a long history of being the place where artistic creative weirdos found not only a home - but a spiritual birth place. It was a place to somehow become who you could be. Mark Twain, Dylan Thomas, William Burroughs, Thomas Wolf, Tennessee Williams, Allan Ginsberg, Patti Smith.... the list goes on and on of the famous people who have lived there over the years.
Though now it is under different management, that seems to be rebuilding it towards maximizing profit. It would seem that the Hotel has now turned a dark corner in it's history. Regardless, it continues to carry its historic legacy as well as many long term residents who are protected under state law to keep their homes in the Chelsea.
Brenda and I stumbled onto the Hotel one night on a date - and we just walked into the lobby to have a look around. A resident quickly picked us out and invited us to have our own private tour which we did. I will never forget the vibe of that place on that night. It was as if the spiritual presence in that place was so strong - it had became physically palpable. Creative pioneers have been drawn there for years and years for this very reason.
I have always thought of our home at 106 Fuller to be built off a similar mystical DNA. Our place here is also home to not only our creative family but many young artists have come to live with us for various lengths of time. With each person has come an additional shovel full of creative top soil tossed on to our artistic homestead. And with our two new cool boarders beautiful Bear and Small Houses, the story continues.