Growing Up in the Chelsea Hotel

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The Hotel Chelsea, New York, circa May 2013. The Hotel is a historic landmark in New York, known for the notability of its residents over the years

17-year-old Nicolaia Rips talks about her memoir, Trying to Float: Coming of Age in the Chelsea Hotel. She details her eccentric upbringing with her father, author Michael Rips, her mother Sheila Berger, a former model-turned-artist, along with the colorful cast of neighbors and babysitters who made her feel like an outsider among her peers at school with more traditional home lives.