Destination: Harlem – Dwyer Cultural Center
by nycgo.com staff, 02/01/2012
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About the Dwyer Cultural Center: The Dwyer Cultural Center is a state-of-the-art exhibition and performance space that features original programming highlighting the best of Harlem's emerging and established artists. The center's art shows and music and dance performances are dedicated to celebrating Harlem's history, culture and traditions. In addition to showcasing theater and music, the Dwyer Cultural Center also offers educational workshops and after-school activities—thus making the space a hybrid of performance venue and school for the community. The Dwyer Cultural Center is revered for its support of up-and-coming artists and beloved by those who visit to see its shows. Performance and meeting spaces are also available for rental.
While you're in the neighborhood: The Dwyer Cultural Center is located two blocks south of West Harlem's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (125th Street) and is surrounded by restaurants where you can relax and grab a bite to eat before or after a show. The fare uptown is truly international: Zoma serves Ethiopian food (think slow-cooked meat and puff pastry stuffed with lentils); The 5 and Diamond serves lavish New American dishes like salmon with quinoa and candied beets, as well as Gruyère-and-fontina macaroni and cheese; Melba's provides classic soul food like chicken and waffles, black-eyed peas and collard greens; and Billie's Black, also serving soul food, has an intimate bar, cozy tables and live music—ideal for date night.
In addition to the bar scene at Billie's Black, there are plenty of nightlife options near the Dwyer Cultural Center. Founded in 1942, Showman's Jazz Club has long been a favorite of music lovers. For an impressive domestic and international brew list, Bier International is a stellar pick. And anyone in the mood for a killer cocktail should stop at 67 Orange Street. Its name—and speakeasy ambience—harks back to Almack's Dance Hall, which was at 67 Orange Street (now Baxter Street). Almack's opened there in the 1840s and was owned by Pete Williams, one of the first black bar owners in NYC.