125th Street BID
360 W 125th St, #11
New York, New York 10027

In This Issue:


-"BID On Culture" 2012  


-On 125th Street


-This Week in Harlem 





-Sanitation, Street Maintenance, & Public Safety    


-Harlem  News  


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 Volunteer with the 125th Street BID! Call (212) 662-8999 or email us for more information. 


Afterwork Networking Receptions

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bidonculturePresenting: "BID On Culture" 2012



It's that time of year again! The 125th Street Business Improvement District, Harlem Arts Alliance, and Harlem Community Development Corporation are proud to present the   


Fourth Annual "BID On Culture"
Banner Design Competition!


This year's theme is:

Harlem: A Cultural Legacy


Request for Proposals to be released Wednesday, March 7th, 2012. Check for updates from:  

125th St. BID      Harlem Arts Alliance     Harlem CDC 


For information on sponsorship opportunities, call the 125th Street BID at (212) 662-8999.  



spotlightMerchants' Spotlight:
Harlem Independent Living Center


This month, the 125th Street BID would like to acknowledge Harlem Independent Living Center (HILC) for their dedication, support, invaluable work in the community, and their participation in "Harlem Holiday Lights" 2011.


Harlem Independent Living Center is a not for profit organization committed to ending discrimination against people with all disabilities by fighting to eliminate the barriers which would prevent them from enjoying full equality in American society.  As an Independent Living Center, HILC is dedicated to serving disabled persons and fostering sensitivity to the needs of this under-represented community. One of their commitments is to promote equal access in private and public sectors, including access to physical place as well as access to information.


The Harlem Independent Living Center has been in the district since 1991.They moved to their current site at 289 St Nicholas Avenue in October of 2004. 


HILC provides services that can be accessed by the disabled at no cost, reaching out to the un/underserved in the community. They provide access to public organizations and work to educate the Private sector on the need for accessibility in the community.


HILC's favorite things about 125th Street are access to the many bus and subway lines and the ability to interact with people and learn their cultures. This enables HILC to provide better service to meet the needs of a continually changing and diverse community.


In the future, HILC hopes to see more viable minority owned small businesses and a few national chain stores to encourage tourism, all with the end goal of increasing a real cash flow within Harlem.


For more information on HILC, visit www.hilc.org 


on125On 125th Street 

Take advantage of all that 125th Street has to offer!

Student Discounts:

  • Dr Jays: 20% discount until March 31 (Student ID required)

Senior Discounts:

  • Applebees: 10% off with Golden Apple Senior Citizen Card
  • Burger King: Free or discounted drinks
  • Dunkin Donuts: 10% off
  • Verizon: $30 wireless plan
  • McDonald's: 10-20 cents off juice/coffee
  • Modell's: 10% off
  • Rite Aid: 10% off every Tuesday; 20% off 1st Tuesday every month
  • AT&T: Senior Citizen Plan $29.99 w/ 200 mins   
...and more! Check out the 125th Street BID on Twitter for updates on sales and discounts in the district.

For more information on 125th Street's heritage, shopping, dining, culture, art, and entertainment, visit


Video narrated by Vy Higginsen of Mama, I Want to Sing

Produced by Curtis Sherrod/H2C2 for the 125th Street BID

Full Video Coming Soon  


  • March is Restaurant and Retail Month, presented by Harlem Park to Park! Select restaurants and retailers offer 3 course prix-fixe meals and select retail items for $20.12. Visit HP2P on Facebook for more information.
  • Dr Jays is proud to announce its Student Appreciation Program. This program will offer students a 20% discount off any Dr Jays purchase made between February 15, 2012 and March 31, 2012 at any of its twenty retail locations.  
springboardAutomated Footfall Counting Services 

Counts from Springboard cameras are collected hourly, 24/7 and are delivered online to the BID on a daily basis. For more information on Springboard automated footfall counting services, visit http://www.spring-board.info/.

Pedestrian counts for month of February, 2012:
Corner of 125th Street & Frederick Douglass Boulevard

The total customer count for the Month beginning 01-FEB-2012 is 566,115.

The highest aggregate hourly customer count was achieved on Wednesdays at 12pm.

The highest aggregate daily customer count for the month was achieved on Fridays. The aggregate count for Fridays was 100,037.
Daily Count Comparison: 

sanstreetmaintSanitation, Street Maintenance, & Public Safety

During the month of February, the BID Sanitation Team was focused on surface cleaning of trash receptacles and removal of graffiti from USPS mail boxes and street furniture.

The Sanitation Team was also busy gathering up commercial cardboard boxes, plastic trash bags, and home furniture that had been illegally placed on the sidewalks of the district. After preparation by the BID Sanitation Team, the trash is removed by DSNY. The BID Sanitation Team also removed approximately forty flyers that were illegally posted in the district this month.

During the month of February, the BID observed a damaged pedestrian crossing box and exposed wires on the bases of two lights. The BID reported each of these conditions to 311. Each of the conditions was repaired. 


Throughout the month, the BID's Public Safety Ambassadors responded to an escalating verbal dispute between a pedestrian and a taxi driver, an infant abandoned inside a locked vehicle, and a male who fainted. In each case, the BID Public Safety Ambassadors notified the appropriate authorities, who arrived on scene. 

News  Harlem in the News



Visit the 125th Street BID online to learn about what 125th Street has to offer. Events, Shopping, Entertainment, Dining, and more...


Visit us on Twitter and see many more store sales and offerings from our businesses.


Check out our Calendar of Events. Events in Harlem just about every day of the week.