The Hotel Chelsea has long been a haven for creative types, including Jack Kerouac, Edie Sedgwick and Patti Smith. But it’s also said that the 136-year-old structure is home to some funky spirits. After all, it’s seen plenty of tragedy.
Most famously, Nancy Spungen was stabbed to death in room 100 on Oct. 12, 1978; her boyfriend, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, was arrested and charged with her murder, though he succumbed to a heroin overdose before the case went to trial.
The ghost supposedly most spotted by Chelsea residents is a woman named Mary.
Actor Michael Imperioli of “The Sopranos” had a chilling encounter with her in 1996. Imperioli, who declined to comment for this story, said in a 2010 episode of the TV show “Celebrity Ghost Stories” that he saw Mary late at night on the eighth floor, where he lived for two months.
“At the end [of the hallway] was a figure of a woman in the corner, kind of hunched over — her head was down, she was crying,” he said. “I called out and said ‘Are you OK?’ . . . Right after I said that, from behind me I heard a loud pop. I turned around immediately — the lightbulb in the fixture had popped, so that part of the hallway became very dark. And when I turned back around, she was completely gone.”
He eventually realized he had just seen the notorious Mary — and learned that in 1912 she had traveled to the hotel from Buffalo to welcome her new husband from a trip to England.
“Her husband had the misfortune to book passage on the Titanic and he never made it back to New York,” said Imperioli. After Mary learned of his death, “She went back to the [hotel] and hung herself in her room.”
Lately, said psychic and former resident Gabriel Marchisio, the hotel’s ghosts have been upset as the Chelsea has undergone eight years of construction to turn it into a luxury inn.
Marchisio claims that, after the demolition of a sixth-floor unit, invisible forces began cracking the glass in doors along the hallway.
“This is like a portal for another world,” said Marchisio.