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

In This Issue:



-Pedestrian Count




 -Retail Updates   


 -This Month in Harlem  


-Harlem  News  

2012 "BID On Culture" Winning Banners:




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Afterwork Networking Receptions

Sanitation & Public Safety:

During the month of June, the 125th Street BID Clean Team worked with DSNY to clear the district of illegally dumped trash, which included plastic bags of residential and commercial garbage, boxes containing fluorescent lightbulbs, and two plastic display stands. The Clean Team also focused on graffiti removal from street furniture and touch-up painting of streetlight poles.  
The BID's Sanitation Workers also removed about 80 illegally posted flyers throughout the district.

The 125th Street BID's Public Safety Ambassadors were also hard at work all month. Acting as the eyes and ears of the district, the Ambassadors observed situations such as a verbal dispute which turned into a physical altercation; a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle; an MTA bus struck by a commercial truck; and a male that had been involved in a shooting. In each of these situations, BID Public Safety Ambassadors notified the proper authorities, who arrived on scene to handle the situation.
Street Scenes:

dma2125th Street BID's 19th Annual Meeting

Building an Innovative District 


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Barbara Askins (President & CEO, 125th Street BID) receives Commendation from Office of NYC Comptroller John Liu
Left to Right: Honorable John Liu; Barbara Askins; Blondel Pinnock; Honorable Robert Rodriguez 
The 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID)'s 19th Annual Meeting, "Building an Innovative District," took place on June 26th, 2012 at the Dwyer Cultural Center. Over 150 people were able to hear our Keynote Speaker Kenneth Adams (President & CEO and Commissioner, Empire State Development Corp.) discuss new initiatives from the State for small businesses as well as ESD's specific investments in three projects on 125th Street.

Honorable Robert Rodriguez (New York State Assemblyman, District 68) commended the BID on its work and spoke about an initiative that he had been directly involved with at the state level for small businesses. He provided a summary of development activities east of Fifth Avenue on 125th Street and expressed his support to work with the BID to continue the development activity on the east side.  

Honorable John Liu (Comptroller of the City of New York) expressed his thoughts on the valuable work that BIDs do in New York City and congratulated the 125th Street BID on their accomplishments. He presented the President (Barbara Askins) with a Commendation recognizing her creation of the first and only Business Improvement District in Harlem; her efforts to shape 125th Street as an essential cultural destination; her dedication to creating growth and sustainability in the BID; and her tremendous contribution to the City of New York


A video titled "Building an Innovative
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Renderings of a development site on 125th Street discussed in the video: 301-303 West 125th Street 
District" provided intimate and frank conversations with many of the developers involved with different initiatives across 125th Street. Click here for a list of projects. The segment played at the meeting was a Sneak Preview of the BID's upcoming promotional video, "Harlem: Believe In Dreams," which will elaborate on Harlem's past, present, and future, as well as the work of the BID. "Harlem: Believe In Dreams" will premier this fall. Click for more information on the video participants and speakers.  


BID Members voted to re-elect Board Members: Drew Greenwald (Grid Properties); Dr. Joseph Tait (Harlem Commonwealth Council); Blondel Pinnock (Carver Bank); Karia Hill (Resident).

We also elected four New Board Members:
Alan Jemal and Joseph Jemal (Jem Realty); Mukaram Taheraly (Mushtari Hardware); Derek Fleming (Red Rooster Harlem)
Congratulations and welcome to the 125th Street BID Board of Directors! We look forward to working with you! 

"BID On Culture" Winning Banners
Unveiling  and Press Conference
Prior to the Annual Meeting, the BID unveiled the winning banners of the 2012 "BID On Culture" Banner Competition at a Press Conference and presented the Banner Bags made from recycled 2009 and 2010 banners that are currently for sale. Learn more about the "BID On Culture" Banner Program.      
Most of the Banner Bags have been sold, but we currently have approximately 20 Zippered Caddies made from recycled 2010 and 2011 winning "BID On Culture" Banners available for purchase. In September, Patchwork Totes and Designer Totes made from 2011 "BID On Culture" Banners will be available for purchase.   Call the 125th Street BID Office at (212) 662-8999 or email admin@125thstreetbid.com for more information on purchasing Recycled Banner Bags.    

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Artists: Tomo Mori; Justin West; Marivel Mejia; Soyca Mphahlele; Laura Gadson with their winning banners 
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Barbara Askins discusses the "BID On Culture" Banner Project and displays one of the recycled banner bags 

The 2012 winning banners will be installed in the third week of July.

2012 "BID On Culture" Sponsors

Aloft Harlem Hotel
2296 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
As the first hotel to open in Harlem in over 45 years, the urban inspired, sassy and carefree style of Aloft Harlem is now coupled with the gateway to the culture and excitement of the Upper Manhattan. The Aloft Harlem Hotel is a 2-time sponsor of the "BID On Culture" Program.  www.aloftharlem.com  


The City College of New York
160 Convent Avenue
The City College of New York (CCNY), the first college of The City University of New York (CUNY), is a comprehensive teaching, research, and service institution dedicated to accessibility and excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. The College provides a diverse student body with opportunities to achieve academically, creatively, and professionally in the liberal arts and sciences and in professional fields.  The City College of New York is a 3-time sponsor of the "BID On Culture" Program. www1.ccny.cuny.edu/

Con Edison
For more than 180 years, Con Edison has been supplying the energy that powers New York. Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison), a regulated utility, provides electric service in New York City (except for a small area of Queens), and most of Westchester County. Con Edison also owns and operates the world's largest district steam system, providing steam service in most of Manhattan. Con Edison is a 4-time sponsor of the "BID On Culture" Banner Program.  www.coned.com

The Positive Community Magazine 
The Positive Community is the only faith-based lifestyle magazine targeted to the African American market in the New York /New Jersey area. The Positive Community is a new sponsor of the "BID On Culture" Program. www.thepositivecommunity.com

TD Bank
300 West 125th Street 
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient BankŪ, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., and provides customers with a full range of financial products and services at thousands of convenient locations and ATMs from Maine to Florida. TD Bank is a 2-time sponsor of the "BID On Culture" program.  www.tdbank.com

A Special Thanks to the 2012 "BID On Culture" Judges who had the difficult job of selecting the winning banners from dozens of talented submissions! 
Michael Unthank (Harlem Arts Alliance); Wayne Benjamin (Harlem Community Development Corp.); Barbara Askins (125th Street BID); Deborah Spencer (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture); Marta Moreno Vega (Caribbean Cultural Arts Center); Curtis Sherrod (Hip Hop Culture Center); Erin Gilbert (The Studio Museum in Harlem); Karen Witherspoon (The City College of New York);  Verdery Roosevelt (Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone)  
socialmediaAre You In The Loop?

Early responses to our BID Members' Survey reveal that Social Media was voted, by a large margin, the most important method for promotion of the 125th Street business corridor. Therefore, we have launched a new campaign to ensure that our social media sites are being used to their full advantage.   


Through social media, we are able to share news of sales and offers and also any events that are happening. Social media is fast becoming a necessary tool for all businesses, and we are utilizing it at the 125th Street BID to promote our members. We also use social media to keep you informed on government programs, public safety alerts, resources for business owners, issues impacting 125th Street, local news and events, and more.   



For daily news and updates: Follow us on Twitter or Friend us on Facebook. With all the latest events, offers, and promotions being posted, it would be silly not to. Get information on what's 'Hot in Harlem' and plan your evenings with Harlem events posted daily.


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what fun you are having in Harlem!

springboardAutomated Footfall Counting Services

The 125th Street BID's pedestrian counter on the corner of 125th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard has now collected six months' worth of data.

Monthly Customer Count: 6 Months Review 


2012 Totals:

January: 591,596          February: 566,238              March: 588,442 

     April: 618,523                  May: 699,864                 June: 708,239  


Total pedestrians counted in 2012 on 125th and Frederick Douglass: 3,772,902  

Other Points of Interest:

6-Month Daily Data: Friday had the highest total customer count.

6-Month Hourly Data: 12:00pm had the highest total customer count.  

  • The 28th Precinct of the NY Police Department has issued a Crime Prevention Alert and some useful preventative measures. Click to download the Alert. 
  • The New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued an advisory: "FREE AIR CONDITIONERS FOR NEW YORK CITY RESIDENTS AT HIGH RISK OF HEAT ILLNESS." This includes seniors and those with chronic physical or mental illness. Download the full advisory for more information.   
retailupdatesRetail Updates
The Children's Place -
248 West 125th Street - was closed for renovations June 1-26; is now open 

Store Openings: 
Direct Buy Furniture
- 66 West 125th Street 

Store Closings:
Delancey Leather - 3 West 125th Street 
Photo/Optical Shop - 355 West 125th  Street
Executive Fashion - 121 West 125th Street          

Northwest corner of 125th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard - construction on a new commercial retail building is currently underway. Building will house DSW, Victoria's Secret, Joe's Crab Shack, and many more businesses.

269 West 125th Street - This construction site next to the Apollo Theater will house a Red Lobster as well as retail space, including a clothing store and a sporting goods store.

30-32 West 125th Street - Harlem Village Academies, a charter school in Harlem, is building a site here. Site should be completed within the next two months and ready to open for school in September.  


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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.