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Ira Drukier, one of the owners, said the facade work has been completed, although he said the scaffolding and construction bridge over the sidewalk would remain until a city inspection is conducted. He said the refurbishing inside would be “presumably 100 percent complete” in the summer.

The Chelsea now has 155 hotel rooms, plus about 45 apartments for long-term tenants who have lived through seemingly endless construction — and about two years when work was stopped.

The renovation included the installation of new doors on the rooms to conform to city fire regulations. The old doors, salvaged by a former resident, were sold at auction four years ago. And El Quijote, the Spanish restaurant on the first floor that closed in 2018, has reopened. Pete Wells, our restaurant critic, wrote last month that “the city’s antiquarian-bohemian axis feared it would be destroyed or at least cleaned up beyond recognition.”

“Most of those worries can be forgotten,” he said, and as for the food, “the old recipes have been retired, as they should have been.”

Upstairs, the president of the tenants association is happy, but friction lingers. The tenants association represents about 40 longtime residents. Drukier and Zoe Pappas, its president, say they have been at odds with several others, and there is a tangle of charges and countercharges, lawsuits and administrative proceedings.

Leon Behar, a lawyer for the tenants at odds with the owners, said last week that people in the building “still experience lack of hot water/no hot water (running the water for 30 minutes or more before being able to shower.” Drukier called that “not true” and said tenants alleging it “won’t let us in” to troubleshoot.

Debbie Martin, another longtime tenant who said last year that conditions had deteriorated since construction restarted, reported last week that the noise “has abated somewhat on my floor” lately. Still, she added by email that “my windows are blocked by boards, steel pipes and netting, and basic services are still not reliable.”

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