APRIL 2013 NEWSLETTER

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125th Street
200 years old
Click here to take a photographic journey into 125th Streetscape History.






125th Street BID
Celebrating 20 years of service
The BID was signed into law by Mayor David N. Dinkins in September, 1993. The BID's first priority was and still is Sanitation and Street Maintenance. 
 
1993

BID faced the task of:

  • Sidewalk and Street Litter
  • Abandoned newsboxes
  • Graffiti on the street furniture
  • Illegal Posters
  • Dumping
  • Movie shoots cooking on the sidewalks
  • Furniture on street 
Click here for the 1993 street conditions
 
So, the BID went to work:
  • Manual Sweeping
  • Snow Removal
  • Maintenance of Street Furniture
  • Litter Basket Maintenance
  • and more...
Click here for the 2013 Clean Team Operations
BE APART OF HISTORY!

We are celebrating and we want you to be included. Tell us your personal stories and fond memories of 125th Street. 
 
Selected stories will be a part of our upcoming Celebrations!
 
View our, Tell us your Story  guidelines for more information.
Merchant Organizing
For businesses located on 125th Street between Morningside and Twelfth Avenues.
 

Although we are still collecting responses for the Needs Assessment Survey distributed in March, you can Click here to see what early result reveal. 

If you are a commercial tenant located on 125th Street West of Morningside Avenue and have not filled out the survey, please click here to complete it. 

Coming Soon  to 125th Street
Blink Fitness
301 West 125th Street
Dave's Deals 
 315 West 125th Street
Pretty Lady
272 West 125th Street
McDonald's Restaurant 148 West 125th Street
Social Media Tips & Tricks
 New to technology and want to become more competitive, here's a few articles to get you started!
Pedestrian Counter
This very valuable service has been well received by the business community in Harlem and those looking to come to 125th Street. We look to add additional locations in the near future. 
 

125th Street BID

Weekly Pedestrian Count

April 1st-7th

 

 125th Street & Frederick Douglass Boulevard

 

137,853

total visitors this week

+26%

the % change in visitor numbers from previous week 

1,752,412

total visitors this year

  

 
  
 
Saturday had the highest customer count at
11,461 for the Week beginning 01-APR-2013, which was
943 more than any other day during that Week. The day with the greatest increase in its customer count from the previous Week was Wednesday
(5,072)
 
 

For our January and February 2013 monthly reports, follow the attached links:

 

January 2013

February 2013 

 

Harlem Happenings
 
 Aloft Hotel
2296 Frederick Douglass Blvd. (Between 123rd and 124th Streets)

Join PAH for our second Biz-Working event THIS THURSDAY, APRIL 18th to network with your Harlem business neighbors (Click HERE for flyer)! Be sure to bring plenty of business cards, and look out for this event's Featured Businesses:



LaTipica Manajuana Domincana



Fishers of Men II






Alton Weekes New York





Business Spotlight
Business Spotlight

44 West 125th Street, 3rd Floor

"Harlem Yoga Studio is dedicated to making Yoga affordable and accessible to Every Body in Harlem." As the warmer seasons peek around the corner, exercise and physical health are becoming more of a priority. With class offerings for both children and adults, the Harlem Yoga Studio is a GREAT way to clear your mind, take off that excess weight, and do it all while entertaining your family and kids as well.

For the new class schedule effective 4/1/13, CLICK HERE
55 West 125th Street

Grant Associates prides itself on being a "private company with public interest." A national workforce development company with a proven model for engaging businesses and implementing effective programs that result in increased employment, opened it's doors on 125th Street with their "B2W: Back to Work Program" on January 2, 2013.

For more information on their 125th Street Office, CLICK HERE

121 West 125th Street, #2

The Fishers of Men Restaurant on 125th has been NY Magazine's "Critics Pick" and featured in NY's Best Cheap Eats in past years. This April they will be a Featured Business at the Promotional Alliance of Harlem's "Biz-Working Event." If haven't already enjoyed their delectable offerings, make sure you attend the event for samples!
Social Stars on 125th Street
Recognizing Our Businesses

Every month the 125th Street BID recognizes a business in our district that is using Social Media to it's advantage. All businesses, whether they are large or small, can use this FREE source of Communication, Self Promotion, and Marketing.  
 
 
This month's Social Star is: Jimmy Jazz
 
239 W 125th St  New York, NY 10027
(212) 663-2827
 
With daily status posting, updates on their upcoming events, and constant interaction with their followers-- this organization is growing it's social media numbers by the day. They currently have:
15, 897 "Likes" on their "Fan" page
7,425
"Followers" on Twitter 
28 videos on their YouTube Channel with as many as 19,000+ views on some of them.   
 
Click the following links to view their social media sites:
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NEWS AND EVENTS
BUSINESS DIRECTORY
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Business Resources
 The Spring is Here! As we transition into warmer weather, and a forecast of A LOT more pedestrian traffic on 125th Street, we want to make sure YOUR BUSINESS is ready! 
 
What does your Window Display say about your business? Since First impressions are lasting, here are a few tips to decorating your displays so that your "doors are swinging and registers are ringing!"

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Become "Kitchen Ready" quicker with the assistance of the NYC: New Business Acceleration Team.

This team offers three core services:
Client Management, Plan Review and Inspections
for business owner's and licensed professionals in the Food and Beverage industry.

For more information visit their website, HERE
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More than 40 fees are waived for businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy.


Dear Business Owners:

To help New York City businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council just enacted a new law waiving various fees to rebuild, recover, and operate business impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Continue the letter, HERE

For more information, CLICK HERE 

2013 Neighborhood Achievement Awards
 
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 

Nominate a business, organization or individual by April 26, 2013 for the following Awards:

The M/WBE of the Year Award

 Do you know of a minority and women-owned business that has demonstrated a strong commitment to the city and strengthened the community that it serves? 

 

 Be it a coffee shop, boutique, pub or park, don't keep it a secret! If you know of an innovative company or organization that has revamped an underutilized space and transformed it into a new hot destination to discover, nominate it!

 

 

If you know a museum, school, church, or gallery that has helped to transform the cultural landscape in your community, nominate them! 

 
For more information, CLICK HERE
Tech Time
 
MAY 20th-27th!

IWNY, was launched in 2008 in cooperation with the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment.

Prior to the event kick off in May, the General Assembly and Internet Week are offering FREE ONLINE CLASSES In April featuring marketing professionals, developers, and industry leading designers.

See the CALENDAR, HERE
More information on IWNY, HERE
The 125th Street BID is the go to source for all of your needs when visiting, working, or living in our district. 
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President & CEO -- Barbara Askins, baskins@125thstreetbid.com 
Director of Operations -- Anthony Baker, abaker@125thstreetbid.com 
Director of Marketing and Social Media -- Ymani Belcher, ybelcher@125thstreetbid.com 
Merchant Organizing Project Manager - Jennifer Silverberg, jsilverberg@125thstreetbid.com
 
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