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After its recent acquisition, the fate of the legendary Hotel Chelsea still up in the air and beloved pieces of its storied past have been surreptitiously disappearing for awhile now. But at least we know where some of the keepsakes of the Hotel Chelsea have ended up—as components of guitars built by Carmine Street Guitars owner Rick Kelly.
Not to worry, Kelly hasn't been covertly chipping off pieces of the building, he 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. With such a good back-story, Kelly would obviously have some pretty famous clients. Our favorite order: A custom guitar made of Chumley's and Hotel Chelsea lumber for former hotel resident Bob Dylan.
· Carmine Street Shop Makes Guitars From Hotel Chelsea's "Bones" [DNA Info]
· Carmine Street Guitars [Official Site]