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125th Street
200 years old
Click HERE to take a photographic journey into 125th Streetscape History in the early 1920s. 

In case you missed it!

125th Street in the News

May 29th

May 24th

May 24th

May 22nd

May 19th

May 16th

May 16th

May 9th

May 3rd

WINNERS of the 
1st Summer Raffle


to all those that participated in our FIRST 2013 Summer Raffle!

The Apollo Theater in partnership with the 125th Street BID hosted a Ticket Give Away to their FIRST EVER  Breakin' Convention.

On Monday, June 10th at 1:00pm EST,
President/CEO of the BID, Barbara Askins pulled the winning names!


The WINNERS are:


Jo-Ann & Eileen



Bobbee Bottlezz



Ron Myers



To Collect your prize, please Click HERE for further instructions.
If we receive no response by Tuesday, June 11th at 5:00pm (EST) we will redraw a new winner.

For consideration in future GIVE AWAYS,  

please LIKE the

BID Facebook Page and FOLLOW us on 


125th Street Business Improvement
20th Annual Meeting
June 27, 2013

Thursday, June 27th
Faison Firehouse 
6 Hancock Place, New York, NY 10027


On Thursday, June 27th the 125th Street BID will hold its 20th Annual Meeting at the Faison Firehouse to elect board members, highlight both the 20th year Anniversary of the BID and the 200th milestone of 125th Street being added to the Manhattan Street Grid, and finally, to celebrate another successful year of operations. 


The Harlem Community is anxiously awaiting some of the new businesses coming to 125th Street.  Red Lobster is one of them.  This year, we are happy to introduce Chip Wade, Executive Vice President, Operations - Red Lobster, as our keynote speaker.  Mr. Wade will speak about the company's decision to come to 125th Street, what they are doing, opportunities for the community and their expectations.

September 1993, Mayor David N. Dinkins signed the 125th Street Business Improvement District into law.  We will pay special tribute to those
who made this happen.


As we move into the future, one of our goals is to inform and direct our members to engage in the use of technology to further grow the district.  There are endless possibilities of using technology to promote individual businesses and the area in general.


Virtual Connections will showcase some of these new technologies to include talking mannequins, storefront touchscreens, and more.


Finally, as we move into Fiscal Year 2014 -- we will introduce our new brand and a new placemaking promotion - "Connect the Dots" which will highlight some of the promotions that will take place when we we light up 125th Street this year to celebrate the two milestones -- the 20th and 200th.

In order to vote, 125th Street BID property owners, commercial tenants, businesses and residents must be registered.  You can register online by clicking here.
Summer Savings!



Visit the 

1 West 125th Street

location for 2 for $20 Dinner Deals this summer!

Target Free Sundays

Thanks to the generous support of Target, Museum admission is free every Sunday. Target Free Sundays reflects a shared commitment to engage the community and offer a vital cultural experience to all.

June Events & Drink Specials at Aloft Harlem


Check out Harlem's newest hot spot and all the best Upper West Side happenings.  Mix, meet, and mingle over cocktails at our ever-abuzz, never-a-dull-moment w xyz bar.  The fun flows freely with everything from pints to pinot noirs and specialty sippers, plus enjoy a snack-attack menu, mood music, and these can't-miss events.  Try one of our specialty drinks or grab our Beer and Wing combo for just $13!

$5 Off The NY Experience Harlem Tour

Retail Value -$30

Your Price - $25

Deals Left -unlimited

The NY Experience Harlem Tour makes stops at the world famous Cotton Club, where Fidel Castro met President Kennedy, where Malcom X worked as a dancer, Sylvia's Soul Food restaurant and many more sites of the old historic parts of Harlem. First time customers get $5 off their package.
How to take advantage of this Deal:

E- mail info@thenyexperience.com or call (917)- 558-2478 and mention this deal. Harlem Tours are Sundays at 11am.

Fine Print

First time customers only.

Merchant Organizing- West 125th Street

Last month, the BID held its First Merchants' Meetup for businesses west of Morningside Avenue. The success of this meeting has allowed us to move forward and open the conversation at a new venue! Below are the details:

What: Breakfast, coffee, and conversation with the BID and your fellow 125th Street businesses
Thursday, June 18th, 8:30am
Amalgamated Bank: 564 West 125th Street
Why: To enjoy coffee and breakfast with your neighbors
and to discuss:
  • Overview of items discussed at First Merchants' Meetup
  • Creation of merchants' organization
  • Social media
  • Calendar events
  • Results of Merchant Organizing grant for Fiscal Year 2014
  • Determine month for kick-off event and pilot cleanup, and gauge interest in cleanup
  • Participation from other businesses in area
  • Compile list of public safety issues
For more information regarding the Merchant Organizing Initiative, view the Merchant Organizing Blog!

New Neighbors on 1-2-5
"Pretty Styles, Pretty Prices, Pretty Girl"

This month we'd like to welcome 
PRETTY GIRL a junior, missy, and plus size, apparel chain. With 40+ stores in the Tri-State area, this retail business provides fashionable apparel for the value conscious customer!

With an option to order online as well as visit stores, Pretty Girl adds more variety to 125th Street's vibrant and fashion savvy corridor. 
Stay up to date by viewing there Social Media:
Coming Soon  to 125th Street
Grand Opening 
will be 
Friday, June 21st! 
301 West 125th St.

100 pieces of cardio equipment 

50 strength machines  

Free weights Locker Rooms and showers

Personal Training
Quick Links
BID on Culture Meets MIAMI !
For the past four years, the 125th Street, pole banners have been a great success to display the array of culture and arts in Harlem.   

(Click here for larger image)   


We are excited to announce that this year, not only will we introduce our "Blast from the Past" banners on 1-2-5 but they have been chosen to be shown in the Harlem Meets Miami Exhibit that will be a part of  a feature during the

American Black Film Festival and the


The third weekend in June will kick off these two events, where our banners can be seen by over 70,000 viewers!
Social Corner
125th Street Social Stars

Recognizing our Businesses:

The BID recognizes a Social Star each month to encourage other businesses on 125th Street to use these free sources of promotion, communication, and marketing.  


This month's Social Star is:


250 West 125th Street

New York

(212) 678-5020

1,445,178 Likes on their Facebook Business page 
577,278 Followers on their Twitter page

Click the following links to view their social media sites:
1-2-5 through your EYES!

How do you see 125th Street? 


We want to know what comes to mind as you stroll through the district, shop, and even relax on the plaza.


Since the BID is working to expand West of Morningside with our Merchant Organizing initiative, the following image is great to kick off this new segment! 


 Evan Joseph. NYC. 

125th Street Overpass


Above is a photo found on Pinterest by Evan Joseph, tagged as #125thStreet.


If you would like your art or photography of 125th Street to be featured in our newsletter, Follow us on Pinterest and Tag #BID125 on your photos. 

Changes coming to 125th Street

This past month, 125th Street has been covered by some of New York's most notable news sources; the NY Daily News, The New York Times, DNA.info, Amsterdam News and a host of others news formats. With many of the new developments occurring in the district, it was the flyer for the Emergency Town Hall Meeting regarding the M60 Select Bus Service, on May 23rd that caught their attention. 


In essence this meeting was held to make sure that the 125th Street community's voice was heard; and with an attendance of over 200 people, it proved to be insightful, informational and also reiterated the love and adoration that people have for this district.


To view the reports regarding the 125th Street M60 Select Bus Service, please see corresponding news articles 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
Communication-- Ymani Belcher, ybelcher@125thstreetbid.com 
Merchant Organizing Project Manager - Jennifer Silverberg, jsilverberg@125thstreetbid.com 
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