Turning demolition debris into iconic instruments

When the Chelsea Hotel closed for renovations last month, it was bemoaned as the latest victim of a changing downtown scene. The famed hotel on 23rd Street saw its fair share of notable writers, artists and musicians roam its halls during its 127-year existence. History buffs and that batch of New Yorkers who constantly harken back to the good old days were left wondering what would become of the iconic building.