125th Street Business Improvement District

Development Happenings


New Church of Scientology on 125th Street


When the financial market plummeted in a few years ago, the church of Scientology slowed down with plans on expanding in Harlem but now things are apparently picking up speed again. Read More





Corner Bodega in Harlem to Become New Home for Kennedy Fried Chicken and Pizza

If you're wondering what's up with all the construction around the southeast corner space at 116th Street and
Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem, it's rumored to be the new home of next door Kennedy Fried Chicken and Pizza. Apparently, they want more space and prominent location. Read More

South African Restaurant Madiba Opening Outpost in Harlem East Space


Popular Brooklyn-based South African restaurant Matiba is opening a second outpost next month inside a massive event space on West 116th Street.

Madiba Harlem, as it will be known to distinguish it from its Fort Greene counterpart, will occupy the 150-seat dining room at events space MIST, as well as running a small cafe and a wine bar within the 20,000-square-foot space, officials from the venue said.

Harlem's Renaissance Ballroom is Finally Being Redeveloped

It's been a long time coming, but it looks like the end is near for Harlem's crumbling Renaissance Ballroom & Casino at 138th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard. 


What's New!
A Building Rises from a Harlem Landmark's Rubble

A productive end seems near for a dispiriting tale that goes back to the 1970s, when the ruddy former Corn Exchange Bank at 81 East 125th Street - "one of the most impressive buildings in Harlem," in words of the Landmarks Preservation Commission - was taken over by the city and largely vacated. Read More

JB b.o.r.n. Vintage Fashion Boutique's Grand Opening

Join JB b.o.r.n. for an evening of CELEBRATION & NEW BEGINNINGS!

After 10 years of continuous success, JB b.o.r.n. has moved on up, to the east-side of Harlem! 

To commemorate this joyous occasion, we're throwing a party to celebrate our new home, and of course you, our most loyal and dearest friends! On Friday, Nov. 7th from 6pm - 10pm. 

New Location: 
57 East 125th Street
(Btwn Madison & Park)
Ring Bell #2 for entry
RSVP to jbborn@gmail.com

125th Street Deals








Taking a break from cooking today? Try Golden Krust's Spiced Jerk Chicken with Rice & Peas, Steamed Veggies & Plantains. (121 West 125th Street)







More Deals Here

125th Street
Recording Area: 125th Street South West Corner of Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Week of October 20 - October 26
75,831 total visitors this week
+27.8% change from same week in the previous year.


Weekly Performance


     The total customer count for the Week beginning 20-OCT-2014 changed by 16,493 from the previous week. Total count for portfolio as a whole changed -0.46%. The highest hourly customer count for the Week beginning 20-OCT-2014 were achieved on Monday at 12pm.  


Click here for Full Weekly Pedestrian Count Report

2014 Harlem Holiday Lighting 

The Countdown continues!
 17 days

What to Expect:
  • In-Store Activities & Promotions
  • Dance Village: Organized by Larry Scott Blackmon featuring DJ Red Alert
  • Health Village: Organized by the National Black Leadership Commission on Aids
  • Scavenger Hunt: (Co -host Carver Bank) How well do you know 125th Street? Cash Prizes!
  • 38th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: Organized by New York State Office of General Services. 
  • Lighting of the Street: Two Caravans of lighted vehicles  follow the BID's contractor as the streets are lit from East to West!
  •  MORE!
Visit our site for more details!

We Welcome GrayLine New York as one of our 2014 Holiday Light Sponsors

More Development


A Harlem Brownstone is Renovated to Make Room for 



It all started with a cup of chai. Or the desire for one, at least. Three years ago this month, Anita Trehan was walking along Water Street, in the financial district, when she had a craving for "a nice cup of chai," she said. Chaiwali, as she is calling it, will be on the bottom two floors of the four-story building on Lenox Avenue near 124th Street.

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Nov. 3 - Nov. 9  

Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series

Nov. 4th  
11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Question Bride: Black Males

Nov. 4th  
10:00 am - 6:00 pm 

Lil' Studio - "Hair Today Gone, Tomorrow"

Nov. 5th  

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Nov. 7th  
10:00 pm

Nov. 8th  

5:00 pm - 9:30 pm 

Harlem in the News

The Nation's First Green Bus Depot Will Open Next Month in Harlem


Citi Bike Expanding to Harlem, Western Queens and More of Brooklyn



2014 Harlem Holiday Lights Sponsors:

                    www.alofthotelharlem.com    www.disney.com         www.columbia.edu      www.harlemcdc.org

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