I first fell for the Chelsea Hotel a few years before I moved up to New York City. I had just discovered Leonard Cohen and was already longing for infinitely cooler yesteryears on 23rd Street. My friends and neighbors would would have been glamorous, brilliant, eccentric: Tennessee Williams, perhaps, or at least a Warhol superstar.

A decade has since gone by, but my love for the Chelsea Hotel remains. CTA’s office is just a few blocks north, so I frequently pass by on my way to and from work. Sometimes I’ll just pause and appreciate the wealth of history tucked behind that lovely, constant facade. When I’m decadent, I’ll stop in the Doughnut Plant that’s made home in the hotel’s first floor. Sure, a Tres Leches doughnut isn’t the local flavor I first dreamt of so many years before, but no matter.

Either way, it’s delicious.

View of the Chelsea Hotel brought to you by Ben Horner.


Though I am a mere accountant at CTA, and therefore do not travel to sites around the City, I am lucky enough to be exposed to vistas that are unique to New York City, simply by living here.

This view, looking south from a rooftop in Chelsea, looks toward the Freedom Tower in Downtown Manhattan. The view, however, is obstructed by a series of building-top water towers. Being primarily a ground dweller of the City, I always forget about their existence and so when I enter a roof, I am always caught off-guard by not only their presence, but by the sheer number of them.

The water towers of New York City may seem antiquated, but they are still in use today. Though useful in providing water pressure to buildings around the city, they remain an iconic part of the New York City skyline and will be part of a citywide art project as linked below:


Accountants can have fun too!

View of the rooftops of Chelsea brought to you by Keith Lavit.