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Farmer's Market on the Plaza

We are happy to welcome back the 125th Street Farmer's Market on the Plaza!
The Hours of Operation are:
Tuesday- 10am-5pm
Friday- 3pm-8pm

The Farmer's Market has also joined Social Media, with a Facebook "Like" Page! Coining themselves as the
"HOTTEST Farmer's Market on the Planet located in the HEART of the Village of Harlem!!"

Get a quick view of the Market in action below and be sure to stop by for a little Health, Love and Soul on 125th Street!

EmblemHealth, another 125th Street business neighbor also helped to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Farmer's Market. For more information on their contribution, click here
The Street: New Business, Grand Openings and More!
New Openings on 1-2-5   

Blink Fitness
301 W 125th Street

148 West 125th Street

Party City
301 West 125th Street
Coming Soon
At the corner of 125th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. 
Joe's Crab Shack
DSW: Designer Shoe Warehouse 

Unveiling of Red Lobster Building

This past month, Red Lobster took off the tarp in front of their new location and revealed the outside design and facade of their new location on 125th Street. With great words from Red Lobster's Vice President of Operations, Chip Wade at the BID's 20th Annual Meeting, we are very excited for their new arrival. 
Above: Red Lobster Vice President of Operations, Chip Wade speaking at the 20th Annual Meeting
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:



377 W 125th St


New York 

1,516,697 Likes on their Facebook business page
on their main Twitter Page
177 Followers on Instagram
Click the following links to view their social media sites:
125th Street Happenings in June
Message from the President/CEO

On September 9, 2013, the 125th Street BID hits a milestone anniversary - 20 years of operations.  This presents an opportunity for us to show everyone how special 125th Street truly is.  We began by creating a celebratory logo that recognizes our 20 years but also brings attention to a second milestone -125th Street being placed on the Manhattan Street Grid. 


It also presents an opportunity for me to acknowledge what a rewarding experience that this has been for me.  I came to 125th Street in 1988 as the merchant liaison for the 125th Street Local Development Corporation.  My job was to work with city agencies, elected officials, the businesses and the community to ensure that the construction work that was being done ($17 million dollar face list) would not become a hardship for business operations.  At the same time, we had the charge of creating a Business Improvement District to maintain the improvements.


Continue the message here

Extra! Extra! Read All About it.. 
The 2013 Map and Guide is here!
The BID is giving YOU one of the FIRST looks of our 2013 MAP and GUIDE! Expand your horizons on 125th Street and visit our phenomenal variety of shops, theaters, and so much more!

BID Buzz: The 20th Annual Meeting


The 125th Street BID's 20th Annual Meeting took place on Thursday, June 27th at the Faison Firehouse Theater (6 Hancock Place) and over  150 people filled the venue to capacity. The meeting was a great success and the BID office and staff have received great constructive feedback, compliments, press,  and requests for further information concerning BID initiatives, including the 2013 Celebration,and the Connect the Dots campaign which was presented by a virtual mannequin (used for marketing and promotion) of the BID President/CEO, Barbara Askins.

(From L to R: Barbara Askins, Virtual Barbara Askins)  (click here for the Connect the Dots campaign presentation)


The City of New York Office of Comptroller John C. Liu presented a Commendation plaque to the 125th Street BID.


(From L to R: New York City Comptroller John C. Liu, BID Chair Blondel Pinnock, BID President/CEO Barbara Askins, and BID Vice Chairman Bernard Warren)

The Office of the Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer, presented a Proclamation and declared Thursday, June 27, 2013 as "125th Street BID Appreciation Day" in the Borough of Manhattan. 


 (From L to R: BID Chair Blondel Pinnock, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, BID President/CEO Barbara Askins, BID Vice Chair Bernard Warren)


Click here for the 2013 Annual Report

West 125th Merchant Organizing
The businesses on 125th Street west of Morningside Avenue met for a third time on Tuesday, July 9th. The meeting was very well attended and the discussion was extremely productive. 

Attendees included representatives of business and property owners, and Community Board 9. We would like to thank all who participated! 
Left: Community Board 9 Chair, Georgiette Morgan-Thomas
Public safety issues were discussed at the June meeting and forwarded to the 26th Precinct. At this meeting, we were honored to host special guest Deputy Inspector Steven Griffith, Commanding Officer of the 26th Precinct. Deputy Inspector Griffith and attendees discussed the public safety issues faced by in this area and measures that the businesses could take together as an organized group.

To the Right: Special Guest Deputy Inspector Griffith

The discussion was very positive. Attendees appreciated having a forum to have their voice heard, and were provided with valuable resources and connections. Thank you to Deputy Inspector Griffith for taking the time out of his schedule to speak with the businesses in this area!

Thanks to an Avenue NYC grant from the NYC Department of Small Business Services and our sponsor the Aloft Harlem Hotel, the BID was able to present the businesses with the 2013 Map & Guide. Each business located west of Morningside will receive 150 copies to distribute from their stores.

Also discussed: Using Social Media for better communication; Funding Requirements to continue beyond grant funds; and potential Resident and Youth Engagement initiatives.

We would like to congratulate Bethlehem Belatchew of Amalgamated Bank for being elected our Interim Leader and Kamal Nuru of Levels Barbershop for being elected Assistant Interim Leader as we move closer to a formal structure. A big thank you to Bethlehem and Kamal for taking on these roles! 

(L to R): Bethlehem Belatchew of Amalgamated BankKamal Nuru of Levels Barbershop 
The next Merchants' Meeting is scheduled to take place on August 13th at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que! We can't wait to continue these exciting discussions.  
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Sanitation & Safety Summer Styles, NYPD News on 125th Street

The BID Public Safety and Sanitation Ambassadors have NEW UNIFORMS for the summer season.  Both teams are working very hard as the eyes and ears of 125th Street while also showcasing the BID's 20th Anniversary of Operations and 125th Street's 200th Birthday! 

Above: Front View of Public Safety Uniforms

Below: Back View of Public Safety Uniforms

Above: Front view of Sanitation 

Below: Back view of Sanitation 



The Apollo Theater's historical auditorium seated 781 probationary police officers (PPO) on June 20, 2013 for Multicultural Immersion Training.  As their date to graduate from the academy quickly approached these incoming officers listened to the wise words of Commisioner Ray Kelly as he said " You'll be policing the most diverse city in the world."

To read more about the training, click here
125th Street Deals

Stay fit this summer at the 125th Street Planet Fitness! Sign Up for $10/month ... click here for more!


During this HEAT WAVE, come take advantage of this "Item of the Week" at one of 125th Street's Duane Reade! 


This month is National Ice Cream Month! Visit the 125th Street Applebees and cool off!

Become a 125th Street Star and SHINE BRIGHT by telling us YOUR story! 

As we celebrate 200 years we want to commemorate the HEART of Harlem with your personal stories and fond memories!
Selected stories will be a part of our upcoming Celebrations!
View our,Tell us your Story  guidelines for more information.
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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