Happy Holidays from the BID




The Holiday Season on 125th Street kicked off with the BID's Annual Holiday Lights! On Sunday, November 18th, the street lit with holiday cheer, and truly "shines bright like a diamond."

The "Harlem Holiday Lights" Program is a locally driven effort that represents the Harlem Community Spirit. It supports the 125th Street BID's goals of promoting 125th Street as a vibrant cultural center and continuing the revitalization of 125th Street as the commercial and artistic heart of Harlem.  


 This year, the BID did not host a lighting event. Instead, we are looking ahead and focusing our resources on creating a community-wide celebration in 2013; a historic year for the 125th Street BID and for the Harlem Community.  


2013 marks 20 years of the 125th Street BID's operations, as well as the 200th birthday of 125th Street, so get ready!




Holiday Shopping & Saving


Black Friday served as a phenomenal start to the Holiday Shopping Season for 125th Street.

There were approximately 40,000 visitors to 125th Street on which was 15,225 more than the previous Friday. 




We are  very pleased to see that people are doing their holiday shopping on 125th Street!  



Holiday Deals

With many of the businesses offering great deals and discounts, we want to make sure you have an "all access" pass to them.

  It is the season for giving, so from us to you,  click HERE for the BID "All Access" pass of 125th Street Deals!


Holidays at the Apollo
The world famous, Apollo Theater is hosting a plethora of holiday events this season. From the family friendly event, Amateur Night Holiday Special featuring Child Stars of Tomorrow and OMG Girlz; to the date night events with comedy acts like Sinbad and Chris Tucker; to the cultural events, like the Kwanzaa Celebration,  the Apollo is offering it all.

For more information, click HERE !

Holiday Tips & Tricks

Sales Tips for Businesses during the Holiday


Author: Melinda Emerson

                Huff Post "The Blog"

  • Line up your seasonal help.
  • Take note of your inventory.
  • Communicate with your vendors.
  • Prepare your packaging in advance.
  • Research your shipping options.
  • Contact your merchant account provider.
  • Black Friday (11/23) , Small Business Saturday (11/24) and Cyber Monday (11/26) marketing strategy.

Although these dates have passed this year, use these tips for your next year's preparation. The 2013 dates are as follows: Black Friday -11/28; Small Business Saturday -11/30, and Cyber Monday- 12/2.


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NYPD Shopping Safety Tips

  • If visiting multiple stores, store your bags in the trunk of your car. If you must store them in the passenger compartment, make every effort to keep them out of sight.
  • Be aware of loiterers near your vehicle. If you have any question, return to the store and ask to be escorted 
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit area that is well traveled by fellow-shoppers.
  • Consider using a credit card and not a debit card when you shop online. Federal law limits your liability to $50 if your credit card is used fraudulently.
  • Just carry the amount of cash you expect to use when out shopping, thieves are on the look-out for people holding large amounts of money.    
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The "Season of Giving" may have just begun but the West 125th Street community and businesses have long been in the spirit!  One of West 125thStreet's newest additions, Emblem Health, hosted a fair in two locations for Hurricane Sandy victims on both November 16th and 17th. The Harlem State Office Building plaza served as the first location for this "Care Fair" that aimed at collecting goods to give to those in need due to Sandy's devastation.


Emblem Health thanked all the fair's participants, by providing them with an EmblemHealth care package with a drawstring bag, water bottle, pedometer and more.



Check out a few photos from the event below:  




 Kevin Jones of New York City receives an EmblemHealth Care Package from Yolanda Slade, an EmblemHealth employee volunteer, after making a donation during the EmblemHealth Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort in Harlem. The event was held at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building Plaza on November 16 to support Far Rockaway residents impacted by the storm.  


   Jody Servo and Karen Chaikin of EmblemHealth help distribute Care Packages to Harlem residents that made a donation at the EmblemHealth Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort. The event was held on November 16 at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building Plaza.       

Holiday Fun!

Learn about some of West 125th Street businesses by completing the Word Search!

For PRINT and search, CLICK HERE!

Get to know these businesses while you search. Click the links and learn more!

BIEA (Best International Employment Agency) 

















UMPA (University Medical Practice Associates


In This Issue
Holiday Shopping & Saving
Holidays at the Apollo
Holiday Tips & Tricks
Season of Giving
Holiday Fun!
Street Decorations
125th Street Street Decorations

The Holiday Lights include unique customized pole decorations, that announce the participating businesses on the street in bright lights!
Check them out, below:





Event Highlights


As the year comes to an end, it's only right that the businesses located in the heart of Harlem, go out with a bang!

Check out some of this month's events and click HERE for the full calendar:

SINBAD, Comedy Special
Dec. 7th
Apollo Theater

Dec. 12th
Along the Hudson @ W. 125th St.

Dec. 15th
Apollo Theater

Maria Torres Dance Theater Company Holiday Show 2012
Dec. 16th
Poet's Den Theater

KWANZAA Celebration
Dec. 28th
Apollo Theater


Featured Deals















All of us at the 125th Street BID would like to wish you a
Happy Holiday!

We look forward to bringing in a
NEW YEAR with each of you

Special Thanks to Our
Holiday Lights Sponsors