January-February Issue

 ~Celebrating Black History~ 


Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.  Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.


The BID celebrates by highlighting important people, places, and events throughout the U.S. with special note to Harlem's impact.


The Harlem Renaissance helped lay the foundation for the post-World War II phase of the Civil Rights Movement. (In 2009, two Harlem streets were named after Civil Rights leaders.) Moreover, many black artists who rose to creative maturity afterward were inspired by this literary movement.

The legacy of the Harlem Renaissance opened doors and deeply influenced the generations of African American writers that followed.

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PAH: Biz-Working Event
On February 7th, the Promotional Alliance of Harlem hosted the first "Biz-Working" networking event of 2013 at the Aloft Hotel. The Alliance consists of the 125th Street BID, Aloft Hotel, and Harlem Business Alliance. 


The event's featured business, the Harlem Brewing Company served their Sugar Hill Golden Ale throughout the night. The night was filled with great music by L.A. Blacksmith & Jazz Plus, great conversation, but most importantly, great business connections. 
Krystel Jordan, the Account Executive for N.Y. Liberty of the WNBA, also came to show support and spoke about their partnership with the Aloft hotel and upcoming community programs.   

Throughout the night, their were raffles:   BID Banner bags, Motown Tickets, and more! 

BID Banner bag Raffle Winner

The Street Beat
Recent Grand Openings

NYC Business Solutions

 Sarku Japan

Coming Soon...


Red Lobster is slated to open by Fall 2013.
In a recent article in the Columbia Spectator on the PAH: Biz- Working Event, Scott Auster, the BID's Chairman of Real Estate Development Committee, said:

"There is more development on 125th Street right now than there has been in the past 10 to 15 years. Three major retail projects are in process on 125th Street, with more in the planning stages."

Continue the article Here ...

NEW IN 2013: Social Stars


What is your Social Status? Technology and communication are evolving day by day, and we want all of our businesses to know and understand the trends. 


"Some Social Media Tips for Business Owners" (WSJ)



Social media is important, as it can serve as a FREE platform for marketing and advertising. We want to start highlighting the 125th Street "Social Stars" that utilize social media daily and effectively.


This month's SOCIAL STAR Highlight goes to:




216 West 125th Street

New York, NY 10027


Go To: Website 






Merchant Organizing
As you may know, the 125th Street BID has recently received an Avenue NYC grant from the NYC Department of Small Business Services for Merchant Organizing on 125th Street (Morningside Avenue to Marginal Street). The goal of the Avenue NYC program is to "create the conditions under which businesses thrive and residents enjoy access to a vibrant mix of goods and services."


To date, the BID has created a comprehensive database of property owners, commercial tenants, and vacancies on 125th Street west of Morningside Avenue. We have contacted all commercial tenants and property owners within the target area to introduce ourselves and the Merchant Organizing Initiative, and to verify their contact information so that we can communicate on an ongoing basis and obtain feedback on the work that will be taking place. So far, we have received favorable responses from many different businesses and property owners who are excited to be included in our efforts.   


Keep an eye out! The grant will continue to be used through the rest of this fiscal year (June 2013) to establish communication with the commercial tenants and property owners in this area; determine the area's needs; implement a pilot Sanitation Program; hold a meet-and-greet reception; develop a Steering Committee; and more. The 125th Street BID will continue to update you on the work being done in the community.  





 Jennifer Silverberg

Project Manager of the Merchant Organizing Initiative



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Ymani Belcher 

125th Street Business Improvement District | 360 West 125th Street, Suite #11 | 
New York, NY 10027
(212) 662-8999

In This Issue
Promotional Alliance of Harlem
Street Beat
NEW: Social Stars on 125th
Merchant Organizing
Public Safety and Sanitation
Harlem Happenings!
for events in Harlem for the month of February!


with our 
Core Programs
Focus of the Month: 
Street furniture,tree pits, illegal posters, trash receptacles, and the  recycling initiative.   



Incidents Handled

Illegal Dumping on 125th:


A total of 4 incidents occurred during the month of January. BID Sanitation Team removed
24 large black bags, 23 large cardboard boxes, and
2 Christmas trees. and worked collaboratively with NYC DOS to remove from district.   



Street Conditions reported to 311:

Large tree branch obstructing the sidewalk , a caved in around a man hole, a damaged bus stop pole, street lamp out, rat boroughs inside of a tree pit, an abandoned green cart, and a dangling street sign.  

Illegal Postings:


Removed a total of 125 illegally posted flyers on street furniture in January.




Public Safety


A total of 4 incidents throughout the month: Physical Dispute, Ill pedestrian needing assistance, Disorderly conduct in establishment ,and Shoplifting.    





Other Street News


The BID Welcomes IMPACT 19 to 125th Street!


125th Street is an Operation IMPACT Zone. There will be high visibility foot patrol from St. Nicholas Avenue to Lexington Avenue by 32 new officers through the day and evening hours.  


1,200 NYPD Officers visited Apollo Theater for Sensitivity Training.   
"Nemo" on 125th Street


More photos from the PAH Event:

Ms. Harlem

Celeste Beatty of Harlem Brewing Company


Priscilla Hernandez of WNBA

(L to R)Regina Smith, Barbara Askins, Daniel Fevre

Emcee of the night, 
Curtis Sherrod

Event Attendees

BID Team (L to R) Anthony Baker, Ymani Belcher, Barbara Askins, Jennifer Silverberg

Celeste Beatty and winner of Motown Raffle!

Jennifer Silverberg and Bethlehem of Amalgamated Bank

Don Connor serenading Ms.Harlem