Last night, after a weekend of sudden closure at the Chelsea Hotel, and after news broke of the building's finalized sale, the lights of the iconic neon sign went dark.
It's a dreary and ominous sight over 23rd Street, but what does it mean? Is it a message from the new owner to say "It's mine now"? A signal from the tenants, symbolizing mourning? Or another form of sabotage?
Either way, it surely marks the end of a brightly shining era and the beginning of a darker time to come.