125th Street BID's August 2011 E-Newsletter

125th Street BID
360 West 125th Street, #11
New York, New York 10027

In This Issue:


a) Message from the President 

b) Welcome to our Board of Directors' new Chairman, Executive Officers, and Members 

c) Sanitation and Street Maintenance 

  -Sanitation Focus 

  -Illegal Dumping 

  -311 Reports 

  -Posting Violations 

  -Streetscape & Street Conditions 

d) Public Safety 

e) Harlem Holiday Lights 

f) Retail Store Closings/Openings  

g) Announcements 

h) Harlem News 

MsgFromPres Message from the President

Welcome to 125th Street - Harlem, NYC


July 1, 2011 marked the beginning of the 18th year of existence for the 125th Street BID. Serving as an advocate for the district, the BID continually works at improving the image of 125th Street. Our vision is: "To become a multi-dimensional regional destination consisting of a range of uses including commercial, retail, offices, social gathering places, residential, educational, civic, and religious with a strong emphasis on culture, complementary culture-related commercial, and hospitality uses throughout the entire area." We focus on people, place, and business. We look forward to you visiting us soon.


Barbara Askins

President & CEO,

125th Street Business Improvement District



BoardOfDirectors 2011-2012 Board of Directors


The 125th Street BID is honored to welcome and congratulate the new Board of Directors for  

FY 2011-2012. 


Chair: Blondel Pinnock 


I wish to thank the Board of Directors for their confidence which will allow me to serve as the chairman for the 125th Street Business Improvement District. I take great pleasure in beginning my three year term.


Carver Bank has been represented on the BID's Board of Directors since its inception in September, 1993. Over the last six years, I served as its Treasurer which has afforded me a greater understanding of many of the goals of the BID and its member businesses. It is indeed an honor to continue Carver's dedication and support of the BID and to have this great opportunity to serve in a leadership role in charting the future of 125th Street.  


Executive Officers:

Leah Abraham - Vice Chairman

Carmen Tomlinson - Treasurer

Lisa Tucker - Secretary

Jonathan Hatcher - Assistant Treasurer



 Leah Abraham               Carmen Tomlinson                   Lisa Tucker

 Vice Chairman                    Treasurer                            Secretary


We would also like to welcome new board members Steven Feldman (Siegrid Properties) and Maurice Winley (Soul-Saving Station), and our re-elected board member Ross Jacobs (Cogswell Realty).


SanitationStreetMaint Sanitation and Street Maintenance

SanitationFocusSanitation Focus for July:
Cleansing soiled corners with disinfectant; Completion of painting of US Postal green mail
boxes; Trimming weeds in and around tree pits; Graffiti removal on light poles and trash receptacles

IllegalDumpingIllegal Dumping  

The cleanliness of a community often reflects on the area's success. The BID Clean Team has been very aggressive with addressing illegal dumping issues. We have encountered dumping of rubber tires, numerous commercial cardboard boxes, large black plastic bags, and wooden skids. To keep the area clean, our team works closely with DSNY to bag the items and have them removed.

Dumping of garbage on 125th Street is harmful to all of us who live in, work in, and visit the area. IF YOU HAVE ANY KNOWLEDGE OF ANYONE DEFACING OUR STREETS, PLEASE CONTACT US. ALL CALLS ARE CONFIDENTIAL. Please contact Anthony Baker, Director of Operations, (212) 662-8999. 

three11311 Reports  

The BID submits service requests via 311, which has been very responsive. 

  • 7/12/2011 - A large metal pole was protruding from the ground, reported and removed within a two day period      

  • 7/13/2011 - 2 large cement blocks that came from the base of a pedestrian crossing pole were reported, issue is still pending

  • 7/20/2011 - Exposed wires at base of lamp pole. Reported to 311, issue was corrected within twelve hours.         

PostingViolationsPosting Violations    


On an ongoing basis, the BID Clean Team removes handbills, posters, notices, signs, and advertisements on any curb, sidewalk, gutter, tree, lamppost, telephone pole, public garbage bin, or any other public item in the district. During the month of July, the BID Sanitation Team removed approximately 110 posters from street furniture throughout the BID corridor.


StreetscapeStreetscape & Street Conditions

  • Following a 2010 request from the 125th Street BID, major street and sidewalk repair was done this month on 125th Street by the Department of Transportation. Most of the milling and resurfacing has been completed. Minor street markings remain to be inserted.  

  • The 125th Street subway entrance at the southwest corner of 125th Street and Lenox Avenue (2 & 3 trains) was closed by the MTA for renovation. Work has been completed, and entrance is now re-opened.    

  • Painting and refurbishing of the overhead traffic light poles was done by DOT on 125th Street from St. Nicholas Avenue to Fifth Avenue. The traffic overhead poles were painted in a traditional brown.   

  • On both sides of 125th Street on St. Nicholas Avenue, the MTA painted and refurbished entrances of the 125th Street A, B, C, D Subway Stations.   
PublicSafety Public Safety


The 125th Street BID's Safe Team acts as the eyes and ears of the BID and works hard to preserve a safe and secure environment in the corridor. The Public Safety team wears a unique uniform with the BID colors and logo. The Team patrols the district between 11am and 7pm Monday through Friday.  

During the month of July, the team worked with the police department to help a woman behaving erratically to be taken to Harlem Hospital for observation. A member of the BID's Safe Team was present once  again   to flag down an NYPD  officer when a passenger coming  off of a   NYC bus fainted. The  person who  fainted was then  taken to St.  Luke's Hospital. Our  team is  equipped with radios and  are in  contact with the BID  office,  which  works closely with  the local  precinct. We congratulate them  on their good work.



HolidayLights Harlem Holiday Lights

It's that time of year again! We are gearing up for the

2011 Holiday Season.   


Last year's Harlem Holiday Lights Campaign was a huge

success. With the help of Community Boards 9, 10, and 11, the NYS Office of General Services, and other businesses and community organizations, we were able to light up 125th Street from River to River

Look for updates on the 2011 Harlem Holiday Lights Campaign on our Website, Twitter, and Facebook

OpeningsClosings Store Openings & Closings



Cool Cats (Costume Jewelry) - 126 West 125th Street


Harlem Hype (Clothing) - 16 West 125th Street

Mona Hair System (Beauty Supplies) - 28 West 125th Street

Olga Wigs (Hair) - 126 West 125th Street

Subway Sandwich Shop (Restaurant) - 48 West 125th Street

Celebrate National Night Out with the 28th Precinct-- America's Night Out Against Crime

Tonight! Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Harlem State Office Building-- 163 West 125th Street, 5:30pm - 9:30pm

For more information, contact:
28th Precinct Community Affairs @ (212) 678-1622 or (917) 690-9577, Detective Dwayne Davis, Police Officer Darrin Scruggs, Council President Jake Mcghee
News Harlem News 


July 31, 2011: Harlem Week is Uptown Pride on Display-- A Full Month of Fun and Celebration 


July 27, 2011: Launch of Harlem Farm Share  


July 14, 2011: NYCEDC Selects Developers for $116M Harlem Projects  


July 13, 2011: Red Rooster-- The Downtown Crowd Finds an Uptown Perch  


July 13, 2011: Development Could Mean Harlem's First Brewery Since Prohibition  


July 3, 2011: Theater Review: Mama, I Want to Sing  


June 21, 2011: BID on Culture Announces Artists/Unveils New Banners to Hang Throughout Harlem   



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