New residential lofts, retail and cultural arts spaces in Harlem.
The Dwyer is the rebirth of a Harlem landmark that collapsed in 2002. The new program includes the Dwyer Cultural Center, ground floor retail, and 51 upper story residential lofts designed to provide an alternative to lower Manhattan. The original zoning envelope and floor area were retained and area removed for light and air courtyards was transferred for a new penthouse level. The multi-media Dwyer Cultural Center, devoted to the history and traditions of Harlem and designed with David Lackey of Whirlwind Creative, has drawn large audiences with exhibitions, film and jazz programs such as the Tribute to Billie Holiday. The Amsterdam News wrote that it is the most important cultural facility to open in Harlem in decades.
"The new Dwyer looks like it will be an updated, post-industrial version of the old, right down to the bay windows at the obtuse-angle corner. This new Dwyer is another example of the housing resurgence going on in Harlem, which is reinvigorating the neighborhood."
Starts & Fits, January 22, 2006