Parkview Community • Albany, NY

Contact Information

Parkview
7 Englewood Place
Albany, NY 12203
United States
Tel: 518-462-0810
Email:  parkview@bruderhof.com

Established: 2006

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About Us:
The population at our Parkview location includes families and children, as well as a number of young people attending Capital Region universities and Albany Medical College. In addition to Albany Med, St. Peter’s Hospital is nearby, and both hospitals are used by Bruderhof members from other New York locations. Parkview is able to provide housing and support for patients and patients’ families. Several Parkview members work jobs in Albany to help support the community.

Setting:
We live in two houses at the end of a residential street in the state capital of Albany. We are located just a mile from the capitol building, New York State Museum, and Rockefeller Plaza. Though our neighborhood is urban, our property is on the edge of 136-acre Washington Park and just steps from Washington Park Lake.

Connecting with Neighbors:
At our location, we host many of our members’ classmates for evening dinners, graduation celebrations, or just an afternoon of fellowship. We enjoy volunteering locally. We support police officers with food and drink during park events, volunteer at children’s events sponsored by the community center, and help with fundraising for our area food bank. In addition to visiting patients in the local hospitals, Parkview members volunteer weekly in the Ronald McDonald family room on the pediatric floor of Albany Med.

Tuesday Evening Bible Study:
Join us each Tuesday at 7 p.m. for dinner and a Bible study. We've been meeting with a vibrant group of seekers for several years now; come join in! Please call us at (518) 462-0810 for more information.

Point of Interest:
Both houses on our property, dating to the late 1800s, were designed by ecclesiastical architect Robert W. Gibson, who also designed the English Gothic–style All Saints Cathedral in Albany.

Residents’ Voices:
Several current residents describe life at the Parkview Bruderhof:

Julie Arnold

Julie: Although I never married, at 62 I am blessed with a host of “my” children – ranging from great nieces and nephews to former apprentices and students to all the college students living here at Albany House. Living together in this urban intentional community brings joy, spontaneity, and continual youthfulness! There is time in my days for laundry, landscape gardening around the house, volunteering with refugees, tutoring children after school, or visiting the local hospital. Albany has a wealth of immigrants and cultures, so I meet people from all walks of life. Our live nativity at Christmas 2018 with its powerful simplicity was the most memorable occasion of my three years here. Tuesday night Bible study and Saturday night dinners are favorites with a number of regulars who come but there are always new ones too. So if you’re ever in the area, do come by and visit us! We’ll be around to welcome you.

Wesley Wiser

Wesley: Hi, my name is Wesley. I live at the Parkview Community House. Located in downtown Albany, we are a small Christian community consisting of about 25 individuals living together in two houses adjacent to Albany’s Washington Park. I moved here two and a half years ago to attend Hudson Valley Community College. I graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Mechatronics in 2018 and now work as a specialized mechanic for Simmons Machine Tool. This keeps me busy during the day, and then there is certainly never a dull moment around the house. Our community is mostly young people like myself, between the ages of 19 and 23, so we have a good time. We eat our meals together, as much as schedules permit, and in the evenings we do homework, or play pool and ping pong, or if the weather is nice, volleyball or something outside. Since graduating, I often spend the evening or part of a weekend with a friend from work or school, or some other acquaintance. Sometimes we meet together in a Bible study group or similar event, and other times we’ll barbecue at someone’s house, hopefully outside city limits, so we can make a huge fire and a lot of noise and not worry about disturbing anyone.