The enclosed phone booths in the lobby of the Chelsea Hotel represent some of the last remaining booths in the city. Not only are they historic, they are cool, and serve a useful purpose. Chelsea Dynasty has announced that the two enclosed phone booths in the lobby of the Chelsea Hotel will be removed sometime in the next two months when the construction begins on the first floor. Management indicated that the booths will be saved as historic artifacts and perhaps reinstalled at some future time. We certainly hope that this is the case. No mention of what will happen to the mobile which hangs above the booths.
The removal of the booths presents a problem for the tenants who use the phones on a regular basis. One solution proposed by management is to provide low-cost outward bound calls from the in-room house phones for individuals who depend upon the phones located in the lobby.
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