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5 West 125th Street
5th Avenue North at 125th Street
New 125,000 SF mixed-use retail and office building now being developed
Situated on the 125th Street corridor one block from the major NYC subway and Metro North railroad stations

Five-story building features two floors of retail plus cellar, two floors of offices, and loading dock

V -Day in the District
V- Day in the District
 Valentine's Day is near! This Valentine's weekend the 125th Street BID wants to set you up with great gift, dinner, and date night ideas to ease your planning and create the perfect night. Come to celebrate those you love on 125th Street: The Energy and Spirit of Harlem through Culture, History, Shopping, Music and Entertainment.      
With so many Retail Establishments, 125th Street has a gift for everyone! 

For the Sports and Fitness Lovers, stop by our Modell's for matching work out attire and get couple memberships at one of our many gyms: Blink Fitness,Harlem Yoga StudioLucille Roberts,New York Sports Club, and Planet Fitness (2 Locations!). Get active with your loved ones!


For the Tech and Electronic Lovers, on February 11th visit our

 Scarves, Hats, Winter Jackets, Shoes and more!
You can't miss on 1-2-5 with clothing and accessory gifts. From beauty products at MAC Cosmetics; to women's wear at   Ashley Stewart and H&M; to Urban Apparel and Footwear at Atmos, Jimmy Jazz; and a suit and tie fit at Portabella and K&G; and more -- 125th Street has what you need!
It's Lobsterfest at 125th Street's newest restaurant Red Lobster!
Come and enjoy their annual menu specials with that special someone or the entire family. 
A deal for two at the
Harlem Applebee's with menu offerings of 2 for $20  and 2 for $26.

Want to send love and a  meal to someone far away? Here's a list of Starbucks Valentine Gift Suggestions for a Special Day. Visit one of the BID Starbucks' locations and learn more about sending an E Gift! 

125th Street's Restaurant, Cafe', and Fast Food options are promised to offer a variety of different taste and flavors for this special day!
Now that you have dinner and gift -- the finale of your night MUST end on 1-2-5 also. With our Arts and Culture offerings plan for a night of LATIN JAZZ & SALSA at the Cotton Club

a movie at the Magic Johnson Harlem 9 Movie Theatre; or an evening of Bingo at West Side Hall, Inc.  and much more! 
Find your way on Valentine's Day
For more on our offerings view our 2013-2014 Map and Guide and make your way to the district!
In this issue...
"125th Street BID Boundaries are the Crossroads of Black History"

Through the arts and culture, music and entertainment, shopping and dining; the essence of Black History is inhaled once stepping out of the underground tunnels to 125th Street.  Over the past 20 years, the BID has worked with many of our community organizations to celebrate the phenomenal stories of Harlem's History and the historical figures whose influence helped shine a light on the lives of Harlemites. 


125th Street is not only the energy and spirit of Harlem, but it is also the Heart of it's History. In our district, the historical road begins at Fifth Avenue recognizing the phenomenal works of Dr. Barbara Ann Teer with the National Black Theater.  Continuing West we reach Malcolm X Boulevard which is a tribute to the powerful influence that  Malcolm X had on our community and the nation.   Westward on we encounter 3 distinct tributes to this historical icon Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. In addition to his street naming lies the the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Harlem State Office Building and a statue depicting Adam striding upward and lists more than 50  pieces of legislation that he introduced which were all passed into law.   As we continue West, we see the historical Theresa Hotel and the Apollo TheaterThe next intersection is Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Some locals call this corner of 125th Street - the meeting ground. In 1977, the NYC City Council amended the city code to change this street from Eighth Avenue in honor of this great orator, abolitionist and journalist.  Finally, all of these intersect with the acts of Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, Jr., highlighted in the January 2014 Newsletter's "MLK Tribute."


Every step taken, and every intersection crossed on 125th Street is a dose of  Black History. So, not only do we celebrate this month -- but we take pride in celebrating everyday. 

Black History Events

West 125 Merchants' Alliance

The First West 125th Street Merchants Alliance (steering committee to expand the BID boundaries) Meeting of 2014 was held on Tuesday, January 28th at West Harlem Development Corp.


Some of the businesses in attendance included: Rite Check, ECDO, Amalgamated Bank, Duane Reade, and MyTime Academy; in addition to Community representatives from the NYPD 26th Precinct, L&M Development Partners, and Community Board 9. Special Guests included: NYC EDC, who provided and update on the West 125th Street Streetscape project, and the New York Chamber of Commerce who expressed interest in working with the group to help businesses in Harlem connect with other businesses in the City.  

125th Street BID and members of the West 125 Merchants' Alliance look forward to communicating and collaborating on an ongoing basis with EDC and other businesses in the impacted area.  The next meeting will be held at the end of March. The next steps in the progress involves assessing the needs of the property owners which is in progress.

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Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute
125th Street BID, Vice Chair Bernard Warren to teach an Affordable Housing Management course at The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute.
Sanitation and Safety


Slippin' and a Slidin', Peepin' and a Hiding' The storms of Hercules, Janus and Nika has forced all of us to remember old winter survival skills and invent some new ones.

The 125th Street BID Sanitation Team has been hard at work.  Due to numerous snowfalls with ice and rain, the BID had to make some quick adjustments and had to utilize the public safety for additional services.

Small Business Resources
Small Business Mobile

125th Street takes pride in our Small Businesses. As technology grows, studies are showing the importance of being "connected" and how technology can improve business and office operations. Below is an info-graphic with statistics on Small Business Owners and their current use of Mobile Technology. Are you included in these numbers?
125th Street BID Salutes...

Michael Bell
of the 125th Street AT&T Store 
 (81 West 125th Street)
Mr. Bell, more affectionately known on 125th Street, is a Senior Sales Representative as well as a Certified Business Representative for the location. He has been acknowledged by AT&T as a top seller in the zone (Northeast Region)  and was #1 for the ending quarters of 2013.  
 He excels in providing strong business solutions for small businesses and manages personal accounts.


"We make everything possible." - Michael Bell

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Ymani Belcher
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