Harlem House Community • New York, NY

Contact Information

Harlem House
226 West 138th St. #1
New York, NY 10030
United States
Tel: 212-283-5693
Email:  harlemhouse@bruderhof.com

Established: 2006

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About Us:
Our community house consists of house parents and single adults. By living together in peace, purity, and love right in the middle of New York City, we try to demonstrate the love of Jesus to all people. We enjoy lending neighbors a helping hand and exploring the city.

Setting:
Harlem House was founded in 2006 as the first Bruderhof location in New York City. We’re located on West 138th Street in Manhattan, a quiet, tree-lined street. After work you might find us catching up with neighbors on the front stoop or playing corn hole on the sidewalk. Inside the house are common areas for cooking and dining, as well as apartments for families and single people. Our tiny backyard is full of flowers, and the rooftop garden provides us with fresh vegetables. Come evening, we’re often on the rooftop deck enjoying family-style dinner with friends, singing folk songs, or roasting marshmallows as we watch the sunset.

Connecting with Neighbors:
Harlem is one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse parts of New York, and we love calling it home. Living in a city with a population of over eight million gives us opportunities to meet all kinds of people. We love participating in block festivals, Christmas carol sings, and other events in our immediate neighborhood. Members also volunteer at the Bowery Mission, the Salvation Army, Harlem Grown, and the Sisters of Life. Our location also serves as an urban touch point for the other, largely rural Bruderhof communities in the United States.

Face2Face Dinners:
Because most of our residents are college students, we host a dinner discussion each Thursday when local colleges and universities are in session. Join us as we discuss faith, discipleship, current events, and related topics. The best way to get involved is to join our Facebook group; you can request to join in there, and get in tune with our upcoming topics. But don't just get involved online - we hope to see you at a dinner soon!

Resident's Voices:
Several current residents describe life at the Harlem Bruderhof:

AnitaClement

Anita C: I am forty years old and have lived at the Harlem House, a small intentional community, for the past seven years. I grew up in rural Connecticut so city life has taken some adjustments but I love it! When people ask me if I miss nature I respond, “I’d rather see people than trees.” Every day I encounter such a variety of people with whom I can share the fulfillment I have found in the brotherhood and sisterhood of communal living. I studied and worked as a graphic designer but prefer caring for children. I am currently a full-time nanny for two children in mid-town Manhattan.

TimMaendel

Tim M: My wife, Kathleen, and I have six children (no grandchildren yet – that would be great!) and we’ve recently moved to this Christian community house in Harlem, NY. We are house parents here and take care of young people who are either going to college nearby or working. I also do some beekeeping with rooftop hives and work for the Bowery Mission, an organization that provides meals, shelter, and counseling for the underprivileged. We enjoy being with young people and living together in the city where there are lots of people to meet and things going on.

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