The Christopher

Building Overview

Location Manhattan   view map
Housing Type Permanent
Opened 2004
Units 207 (40 Foyer units)
Residents Mix of low-income working persons and formerly homeless single adults, as well as youth in the Foyer program
On-site Services Case management, recreational activities, self-sufficiency workshops Support services provided by the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS)
Special Features Computer lab Fitness center 24-hour on-site laundry services Green roof garden and gardening club 24-hour security
Project Cost $32 million

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 Common 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 the Foyer Program, a housing-based career development program targeting young adults ages 18-24 who are “aging out” of foster care or already homeless. Good Shepherd Services provides education, career and other assistance to residents of the Foyer Program which are specifically tailored to the circumstances of young adults preparing for independence.

Building amenities include:

  • Spacious lobby providing generous common space
  • Computer lab
  • Fitness center
  • 24-hour on-site laundry facilities
  • Green roof and Roof garden
  • 24-hour security/attended lobby


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Virtual Tour

  • Living area of a Christopher apartment.

  • Kitchen of a Christopher apartment.

  • The Christopher’s lobby.

  • View of the lobby from the second floor.

  • A view of the green roof.