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

In This Issue:


-125th Street: August Update 




-Sanitation & Street Maintenance  


-Illegal Dumping 

-311 Reports 

-Posting Violations 



-Public Safety


-Holiday Lights


-Retail Updates




-Harlem  News  


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 messagefrompres125th Street: August Update

It has been a great summer on 125th Street. We enjoyed fresh produce, breads, and other local foods from the 125th Street Farmers' Market, which will continue through December. The Harlem community experienced free live music every Thursday at Harlem Summer Stage at the State Office Building. We celebrated the 28th National Night Out Against Crime on August 2nd. The Classical Theater of Harlem overcame some daunting obstacles and was able to reopen with a skillful presentation of "Henry V,"  and Harlem's own Vy Higgensen received the news that Universal plans on making a film about her gospel choir for teens. We also heard that the plans to develop the Victoria Theater into a hotel, housing, and arts space are underway, just another indicator of the recent development boom in Harlem. 
  dmaDistrict Management Association 


The BID has been very busy meeting individually with board and community members. To date we have met with 16 of our 30 board members to better understand their needs and the needs of the community and to discuss how to best serve the district.  


We plan on holding our first full board meeting of FY 2011-2012 in October. 

sanstreetmaintSanitation and Street Maintenance

sanfocus August Sanitation Focus: Weed removal from tree pits; graffiti removal; and scrubbing soiled corners.

dumpIllegal Dumping  


In August, the BID Sanitation team was hard at work gathering up illegally dumped garbage in the district. We have encountered numerous black plastic bags, commercial cardboard boxes, and clear plastic bags containing commercial garbage. The BID Sanitation Team works closely with DSNY to gather up and remove the garbage and keep 125th Street clean.  


The 125th Street BID has developed a campaign to highlight the need for cooperation from merchants as well. The BID has put together and distributed an informative manual on NYC's illegal dumping laws, the consequences of breaking them, and the rewards of being watchful and keeping Harlem clean. This initiative is called Dumping Is Destructive (DID). Over 200 brochures have been distributed throughout the district by the BID Public Safety Ambassadors.  


Click here to view the full manual.


three11reports311 Reports  

The BID submits service requests via 311, which has been very responsive.  In the month of August, the BID has contacted 311 and reported to the Department of Environmental Protection with several clogged catch basins in the district. Each of these conditions was repaired within days.

We also held a meeting at the BID Office with a representative from the Mayor's Office to examine and discuss the ways that 311 is working and ways in which it can be improved.        


 postingPosting 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 August, the BID Sanitation Team removed approximately thirty flyers regarding various events that were illegally posted on 125th Street from Fifth Avenue to Morningside Avenue


streetscapeStreetscape & Street Conditions

  • The subway entrance on the Northwest corner of 125th street and Lenox Avenue (2 & 3) is temporarily shut down by the MTA for painting and renovation.

  • During the month of August, Communications Workers of America on strike from Verizon demonstrated at 163 West 125th Street. The strike is now over.
PublicSafety Public Safety


On August 08, 2011 at approximately 2:00 PM on the Corner of Lenox Ave and 125th Street a female was struck by a truck while crossing the street. 911 was called. NYPD and EMS responded. The woman was removed to St. Luke's Hospital. 




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

We look forward to hosting another Harlem Holiday Lights event this winter. Planning is ongoing. If you would like to make a monetary donation or volunteer goods and/or services, please contact Sunshine at (212) 662-8999.


The 125th Street BID is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. All contributions are 100% tax deductible.  


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


OpeningsClosings Retail Updates


Store Openings:   

Planet Fitness - 208 West 125th Street 

Store Closings:    

Mona's Hair - 28 West 125th Street                          


Community Board 11 Transportation Committee Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 5:30pm
Subject: First/Second Avenues Bike Path Extension with CB11 Transportation Committee
Where: CB11 Office, 1664 Park Avenue, Ground Floor
Click here for more information 

Con Edison Energy Efficiency Webinar

Thursday, Sept. 8, 10am to 11am
Learn about opportunities to receive cash for installing technology that complies with Local Laws and Benchmarking requirements (Intro 194-a), as well as cut energy costs from your bottom line.
Where: Online. Click here for more information

Apply to be a vendor at the Harlem Holiday Market this winter
Applications are due to the Harlem Business Alliance on September 15. Click here for more information. 
News Harlem News


August 30th, 2011: A Series of Second Acts Prepares to Open on a Harlem Street  


August 30th, 2011: Hurricane Irene Updates  


August 24th, 2011: Unconventional strategy propelled Sutton to top of retail real estate world 


August 17th, 2011: Universal To Make Film About Harlem Teen Gospel Choir  


August 8, 2011HBA to Host Holiday Market @ ACP State Building Plaza  


August 2, 2011: 125th Street's Development Boom 


August 1, 2011: National Night Out Aims To Bring Cops, Community Closer  



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