Here’s what remains of Beat writer Herbert Huncke’s room. Huncke, who inspired characters in Ginsberg’s Howl, Kerouac’s On the Road, and Burrough’s Junky, lived a hand-to-mouth existence in this rent stabilized room until his death. He could have never afforded to live in NYC if the Chetrits of the world had had their way. Underpaid, non-union demolition crews working with Joe and Meyer Chetrit, Jonathan Chetrit, Gene Kaufman, and Ed Scheetz, just to name a few of the characters involved , are taking rent-stabilized rooms off the books and destroying important chapters in New York history as they do so.
The Union Rat is still in front of the Chelsea Hotel to protest this abuse. Union reps are encouraging concerned citizens and supporters of the Chelsea Hotel to call Mayor Bloomberg and complain about the Chelsea Hotel situation.