December 10, 2008

Dylan’s room at famed hotel preserved

New York City's Buildings Department has halted renovations on the hotel room where music icon Bob Dylan stayed and wrote songs in the 1970s.

The New York Post said the new owners of the Hotel Chelsea in Manhattan were gutting Room 211, the space where Dylan penned his classic Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands, however, the renovation was blocked after the Buildings Department issued a stop-work order stating the hotel was doing work beyond what was specified in its permit.

Among those to stay in the 115-year-old building have been Mark Twain, Tennessee Williams, O. Henry, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Dylan Thomas, Arthur C. Clarke, Allen Ginsberg, Edie Sedgwick, Brendan Behan, Jack Kerouac, Arthur Miller, Sid Vicious, Dennis Hopper, Stanley Kubrick and Ethan Hawke.