When Saverio Pescucci placed an ad looking for a room to rent in New York City’s notoriously difficult rental market, the 29-year-old muscular dancer told the New York Post he found a lot more thirsty admirers than available housing.
“I think the ballet picture did it,” he explained.
The classically trained ballet dancer from Tuscany, Italy, placed an advertisement with a few select photos on the Facebook group Gypsy Housing, hoping one of their 280,000-plus members would have a suitable room he could rent in Brooklyn or downtown Manhattan. While the global pandemic temporarily quarantined his Broadway career, he figured his “super chill” demeanor and new job at an Italian food distributor would make him a shoe-in applicant for a tenant with a vacancy. What happened instead is that he became one of the hottest items on New York’s crowded rental marketplace.
“The hottest ones are never straight,” wrote one woman on his ad.
Another commenter admitted he didn’t have a room to rent, but was available for a more permanent proposal.
“I don’t have a room but I am single,” 26-year-old drag performer Hassan Salazar commented. Salazar later told the Post he “liked his eyebrows” among other notable attributes, adding “I’m going to consider my marriage proposal as pending.”
While Pescucci didn’t immediately accept Salazar’s online proposal, he didn’t immediately rule it out either and kept his options open.
“Life is unpredictable and you never know,” he said about getting together with his online admirers. “Maybe my future husband will be one of the commenters on this post.”
Trained at the prestigious La Scala Ballet School in Milan, Italy, Pescucci has performed with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Dresden SemperOper Ballet, and the Finnish National Ballet. He made his Broadway debut in 2017 in The Phantom of the Opera in multiple dancing roles.
Happily enough for Pescucci, he did find suitable lodgings, but not via his popular post. Instead, the successful lead came from another ad on Gypsy Housing. He told the Post he’s not “uncomfortable” with his newfound popularity, but did admit he was “really overwhelmed.”
Pescucci also made sure to thank his fans for “all the sweet and kind words and help finding a room!”
He promised to read all the comments once he gets a chance.