Henry, the Chelsea Hotel in New York City was populated by 80 convivial families of. John Cale, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and the Grateful Dead. Composer and critic Virgil Thomson lived there nearly 50 years. Photo: Jason South Whiteley arrived there in late 1967, just before Leonard Cohen wrote. auctioned by the Chelsea 23rd Street Corporation, the former owner of the Chelsea, in New York last month – and will…