- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The entrance of a Manhattan apartment where Welsh poet Dylan Thomas fell into a coma before he died will be moved to make room for a stairwell in a refurbished historic building.

Thomas fans issued an urgent appeal Thursday to keep the original design of the apartment in Manhattan’s famed Hotel Chelsea where he stayed during U.S. visits.

Four days before his death in 1953, the poet fell into a coma there after a drinking binge at a Greenwich Village tavern.

Artie Nash occupies the apartment. He’s battling a developer renovating the 19th century building to turn it into a new hotel.

A spokeswoman for the Chelsea Hotels company that owns the property says the majority of long-term tenants will be staying, including Nash.

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