Built originally in 1904, The Christopher is the site of the former Robert McBurney YMCA, and was an important fixture in Manhattan’s vibrant Chelsea neighborhood. Immortalized in the song “YMCA” by the Village People, the McBurney YMCA provided affordable accommodations for single working men, low-income individuals and merchant seamen. Andy Warhol and playwright Tennessee Williams were among the famous residents who took advantage of the YMCA’s affordable lodging and recreational facilities.
Rehabilitated by Breaking Ground in 2004, The Christopher provides 207 units of permanent supportive housing for low-income or formerly homeless adults and persons living with HIV/AIDS. The Christopher also houses a Foyer Program, a housing-based career development program targeting young adults ages 18-24 who are “aging out” of foster care or have experienced homelessness. Good Shepherd Services administers the Foyer Program, providing education, career and other assistance to residents. All services are specifically tailored to the circumstances of young adults preparing for independence.
A beautiful landscaped rooftop provides a serene respite from the din of the surrounding city.