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

In This Issue:


-Happy Mother's Day 


-Pedestrian Count 




-This Month in Harlem 


-Harlem  News  


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Volunteer Opportunities:


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


Afterwork Networking Receptions

Annual Meeting Preparation

Sanitation & Public Safety:

During the month of April, the BID Sanitation Team was focused on spring cleaning, including painting fire hydrants and USPS mail boxes.

Throughout the month, the BID's Public Safety Ambassadors responded to an attempted shoplifter; a verbal dispute; and a domestic dispute.  In each case, the BID Public Safety Ambassadors notified the appropriate authorities, who arrived on scene.

BID Public Safety Ambassador assisting pedestrians at 125th Street and Lenox Avenue
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Click to enlarge Block by Block Data for125th Street between St. Nicholas and Morningside Avenues

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 Save the Date:
125th Street BID's 19th Annual Meeting:
June 26th, 2012

at the Dwyer Cultural Center
258 St. Nicholas Avenue @ 123rd Street


Board of Directors Meeting

On April 26th, the 125th Street BID held its third Board Meeting of FY 2011-2012. The meeting was very well attended. The Board approved the budget for FY2013. Blondel Pinnock (Carver Bank), Chair of the Board, provided updates on the efforts to expand the BID's boundaries.  Scott Auster (Grid Properties) was announced as the new chair for the Real Estate Development Committee. Barbara Askins provided 9 months review and upcoming activities for the last quarter of the fiscal year. The Honorable John Liu, Comptroller of the City of New York, attended the meeting, and commended the BID for its good work. He was very impressed with the "BID On Culture" Banners that were displayed in the office. Elected official representatives in attendance included: Adaku Aharanwa (Office of the Comptroller), Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth DeLeon from New York City Department of Small Business Services representing Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Nina Saxon representing Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. 


Curtis Archer, President of Harlem Community Development Corporation and Steve Williams, President of Danforth Development Partners gave a presentation on the status of their work to develop the Victoria Theater.   


Says Curtis Archer, "The Project has the potential to be a transformative initiative for the 125th Street corridor in terms of community and economic development, historic preservation, and heralding a further resurgence of Harlem's prominence." Click here for Mr. Archer's full presentation.


Michael Hamilton and Caren Martineau of HME Branding Corp, an Executive Coaching and Brand Expression firm has been working with the 125th Street BID staff since March 2012.They gave a presentation to the Board on the Why's of Executive Coaching, a description of their firm, the goals of Executive Coaching, and the direct benefits to the BID organization and the Board of Directors.

President Barbara Askins, Honorable John Liu, Chairman Blondel Pinnock

Photo on Left: Steve Williams (Danforth Parnters), Jonathan Hatcher (Fishers of Men II), Honorable John Liu, Ross Jacobs (Cogswell Realty Group)
Photo on Right: Lisa Tucker (representing residential tenants), Barbara Askins, Adaku Aharanwa (rep. Honorable John Liu)
bidspotlightBlock by Block Spotlight:
Saint Nicholas to Morningside Avenues

How well do you know the district?


125th Street boasts a wide variety of retail shops, eating establishments, non profit organizations, and service-oriented businesses.  


This month the 125th Street BID guides you to learn more about the business corridor between Saint Nicholas and Morningside Avenues.   


Block 1951, located on the South Side of 125th Street, consists of 3 properties located within the BID District. It is located in West Harlem in Community Board 9 and the 26th Precinct NYPD.   


Block 1952, located on the North Side of 125th Street, consists of 8 properties located within the BID District. It is located in West Harlem in Community Board 9 and the 26th Precinct NYPD.   


Currently this block consists of 20 ground level tenants and one ground level vacancy, as well as 20 upstairs office spaces and 6 residential buildings.  

Click charts on the left for Block by Block Data. 


Quick Facts:


             350 to 388 West 125th Street


Community Board 9 Chair: Georgiette Morgan Thomas


US Congressional District: NY 15th District
Congressional Representative: Charles B. Rangel

Senate District: 30th Senatorial District
Senator: Bill Perkins

Assembly District: 70th District
Assemblyman: Keith Wright



At this time, 383 West 125th Street, formerly M&G Diner, has been renovated and is currently available for rent. Contact: WalkerMalloy (646-535-3597).    

Photo on Left: M&G opened in 1968 and closed in 2008.  

Photo on Right: M&G Diner circa 1974 (Adventures in Chow City


Fred Gadsden, Owner of M & G Diner, served on the 125th Street Local Development Corporation Board of Directions from 1985 to 1993.  He was instrumental in creating the Business Improvement District.  He served as a member of the 125th Street BID until 1996.  People in Harlem still talk about his establishment as a gathering place for good food and political conversations.    

Fred Gadsden-- Sept 1993 at the signing of the 125th Street BID into Law by Mayor David N. Dinkins    


Tweet us about your M&G memories!  Our memory: OMG-- A visit to 125th Street was not complete without a biscuit from M&G. 


Retail, Restaurants, Services, and More:  

On this block you will find a few retail locations, such as $1 Dollar Depot, Gem Pawnbrokers, Image Optical, and Family Pharmacy & Surgical.  There are also many service-oriented businesses: 125 Photo Studio, Gabaron Barbershop, Palladia, NY Hotel Trades Council, Figure Skating in Harlem, Harlem Independent Living Center, Best International Employment Agency, Goodrich Insurance, Animata Hair Braiders, US Postal Service, La Gree Baptist Church, and the 125th Street BID.   


This block is also home to Harlem Commonwealth Councilnot-for-profit 501(c)(3) local development organization dedicated to a broad-based economic uplift of Harlem and its vibrant multi-cultural community. Harlem Commonwealth Council's mission is to stimulate the overall economic development of the Harlem community through the creation of enterprises, generation of jobs, and improvement of services.   


Visitors to this block can grab a bite to eat at Little Caesar's Pizza, Presidential Pizza, McDonald's, or Omega Deli. Stop off after work for drinks and jazz at Showman's.     


The IND Eighth Avenue Line: 

This block is quick and easy to get to. On the corner of 125th Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue, visitors can catch the A, C, B,  or D trains. This subway station opened on September 10, 1932, along with the rest of the IND Eighth Avenue Line from Chambers Street to 207th Street. (wikipedia.org

Photo on Left: A Train at 125th Street-- 11/29/1970 (nycsubway.org)   

 Photo on Right: D Train at 125th Street-- 5/11/1969 (nycsubway.org)  

mothersday Happy Mother's Day! 

The 125th Street BID would like to wish you a Happy Mothers' Day! This year, Mother's Day falls on Sunday, May 13.

Mother's Day is a celebration honoring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, yet most commonly in March, April, or May. (wikipedia.org

There are several retailers in the district that can help you make the most of your mother's day this year

Stop by and pick up cards and gifts with us:
Harlem Bed & Bath; Mushtari Hardware; Marshalls; Paramount Decorators; $1 Dollar Depot; Harlem 99 Cents Store; Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe; M.A.C.; and Carol's Daughter offer wonderful Mothers' Day gifts, including makeup, clothing, plants, essentials for home and work, and more. Pharmacies such as Duane Reade; Rite Aid; CVS; Family Pharmacy and Surgical, Inc.; and M&D Pharmacy also sell cards and gifts for special occasions.  

Celebrate the day at a local venue; be sure to check out Aloft Harlem Hotel; Applebees; Chez Lucienne; Red Rooster Harlem/ Ginny's Supper Club; Pee Dee Steak House; Manna's Soul Food; Showman's Jazz Cafe; and Mobay Uptown.
Check out the 125th Street BID's Events Calendar for all the Mothers' Day Celebrations in Harlem this year! 
springboardAutomated Footfall Counting Services 

Corner of 125th Street & Frederick Douglass Boulevard

2012 Four Month Review: Pedestrian Count


 Pedestrian counts for month of April, 2012  

Click to enlarge  

  • 2012 "BID On Culture" Banner Competition: Deadline Extended to May 18th, 2012. Click to view the revised Request for Proposals.    
  • The Department of Transportation is looking at ways to improve the safety of the corridor for pedestrians. A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9th with Manhattan Community Board #10's transportation committee. View the Meeting Announcement and Before and After Safety Data for 125th Street.     
  • Great Performances is currently seeking highly skilled, NYC-experienced, polished and friendly BARTENDERS to work flexible shifts at the Apollo Theater, located at West 125th Street, Harlem, NY. Previous high volume NYC restaurant bartending experience is required and a love of music and the performing arts are an absolute must!! Some shifts include weekends. Candidates are responsible for providing excellent customer service to our patrons and guests. Bartending and customer service experience required. Knowledge of cash registers, credit card machines and cash handling required. This is a Part-time position. Please send resume to Alexandre.amsz@greaterformances.com.   

Click here for events during the month of May.  

Events in Harlem just about every day!


This week, be sure to check out...

New York Expo for Business 2012 - The Social Media Trinity- Part 2 Frieze Uptown FridayDoc Watchers Presents: The African Film Festival2012 Music For Entertainment, Education, and Englightenment (MEE) Jazz Concert Series -     

and more... 

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The 125th Street District Management Association, Inc. (DMA) is a not-for-profit corporation, funded by an additional tax assessment from the property owners in the district (125th Street between Morningside and Fifth Avenues). The 125th Street DMA delivers supplemental services such as sanitation and maintenance, public safety and visitor services, marketing and promotional programs, capital improvements, and beautification for the area.