Stanley Bard, manager of New York's Chelsea Hotel – obituary
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16 February 2017 • 6:00pm
Stanley Bard, who has died aged 82, was the co-owner and manager for more than 40 years of the Chelsea Hotel on West 23rd Street, Manhattan, a free-wheeling, delapidated and distinctly grubby red-brick bolt-hole for a bohemian cast of writers, painters and musicians, drug fiends, drag queens and assorted deadbeats.
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Built in 1883 when, at 12 storeys, it was among the tallest buildings in New York, the Chelsea became a residential hotel in 1905. Stanley Bard’s father, David, bought a stake in it in 1947. Stanley began working there in 1957 and took over as managing director when his father died in 1964, continuing to work there until he was ousted in a boardroom coup on his 73rd birthday in 2007. Describing the hotel under the Bard regime, Arthur Miller, who lived there for seven years, wrote that it was “not part of America, had no vacuum cleaners, no rules, no taste, no shame. It was a ceaseless...
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