Ben Spier
April 19, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

For more than a century, New York’s bastion of bohemia has hosted intellectuals, misfits, and assorted exotica—from terrorist-turned-playwright Brendan Behan to Sid and Nancy to the occasional lion (courtesy of choreographer Katherine Dunham). Now these and other legendary guests are memorialized on this elegant, raffishly entertaining site. Yet sloppiness abounds: Missing, for example, is the lowdown on current events (like Ethan Hawke’s hotel-set opus Chelsea Walls, debuting April 19). Where’s room service when you need it?

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