Jay Brannan is an extraordinary young singer-songwriter. He is also an actor, appearing in the soon-to-be-released drama, “Shortbus”, directed by auteur John Cameron Mitchell, director/star of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”.
Jay, who I had the pleasure of hearing / heckling last New Year’s Eve morning, lives in a 200 square foot apartment, in Chelsea.
He pays $675 per month for the privilege.
The building is divided into two sections: 40 units are set aside for young adults who are aging out of foster care and might otherwise be on the street. Another 160 units are for low-income adults like Mr. Brannan, looking for a toehold in Manhattan.
â€œWeâ€™re rooting for them,â€? said Rosanne Haggerty, the founder and president of the Common Ground Community.
Mr. Brannanâ€™s bedroom/kitchen/living room is tiny, with just enough space for a single bed and two chairs (which came with the apartment). Mr. Brannanâ€™s sole modification was to turn a kitchen shelf into a headboard, which allows him to work on his laptop computer, or strum his guitar, while reclining against a pillow.
Complete story: Living Small, Thinking Large – By Fred A Bernstein, The New York Times
More: Jay Brannan’s MySpace