125th Street Business Improvement District

2014 Harlem Holiday Lights

Join Us On
November 20, 2014

21st Annual Holiday BID Street Lighting
38th Holiday Tree in Harlem 

NYS Office of General Services AND  Manhattan Community Board #9 partners with the 125th Street Business Improvement District to illuminate a  35 foot Holiday Tree in Harlem, introduce a new lighting design that will drape the street from Marginal Street to Fifth Avenue and host villages of activities for dance, health, children, spirituality, and in-store promotions.  

Sneak Peek:

Activities Include:

Lighting of the Street - The holiday season kicks off in front of the Harlem State Office Building when the 125th Street B.I.D. will simultaneously light the Harlem Holiday Tree and start the BID's Parade of Lights.  
Grand Marshall, Sandra Bookman, Anchor at WABC-TV will conduct the countdown & will be joined by  Valerie Ferguson, 125th Street BID's Holiday Business Champion & VP of Operations at the Denihan Hospitality Group
 See Site

The Parade of Lights will include two caravans of lighted vehicles following the contractor as they turn on the street decorations on 125th street from east to west.  Participants includes:  Greyline Bus Tours, Harlem Tourism Board, Harlem Mothers Save, Jacob's Restaurant, Cove's Restaurant, McRoberts Protective Agency and others.

Holiday  Tree in Harlem -The New York State's 38th Annual Harlem Tree Lighting Celebration. There will be performances by Vy Higgins' "Mama Foundation Youth Choir", Chocolat Jarret, R&B recording artist, Traedonya and more. The fun starts at 6pm!

Scavenger Hunt - The BID has partnered with Carver Bank to host the Second Annual "How well do you know 125th Street" Scavenger Hunt. It is a fun-filled holiday activity that's opened to the public including cash prizes of $500, $300 & $200 and others consultation prizes. Sign Up Here

Dance Village - Organized by Larry Scott Blackmon, featuring DJ Red Alert. 
Location: 215 W 125th St. from
 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Children's Village - The Manhattan Community Board #9 Arts & Cultural Committee will organize this village, featuring local fine artists who will work with young people in arts & crafts, music, education & more!
Place:  Harlem Commonwealth Council (360 West 125th Street) -- 6:00PM  
Health Village - Organized by the National Black Leadership Commission on Aids.
 Held in front of Aloft Hotel, 8th Ave between 124th & 123rd St.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Spiritual Village - Organized by Mustard Seed Faith Ministries featuring "With Love", the young gospel group from Maryland. Also, featuring the youth from Shiloh Baptist Church, 26th Precinct Explorers & praise dancing - 6:00 PM
In-Store Activities & Promotions - 125th Street Businesses will be offering special deals & promotions during the Holiday Lights event. Sign Up Here 

Harlem Heritage Tours - A Guided Multimedia 125th Street Walking Tour with Music & Video. View Site for more
Visit www.125thstreet.nyc for more information

What's New!
Starwood Hotels Let You Unlock Your Hotel Room With Your Phone

Your smartphone is replacing your hotel room key. Guests will be able to use their smartphones as room keys at
ten Starwood hotels around the world. The technology will be available in all 150 Aloft, Element, and W Hotels by early next year. Read More

BTH Restaurant & Lounge, Excellence on the River at 125th in NYC

 The most picturesque views of the Hudson River are yours at BTH (By The Hudson). Now open on West 125th Street in Harlem, the area is quickly rising as a popular restaurant district. BTH features delicious cuisine in an atmosphere that is absolutely stunning. One visit to BTH will not be enough. Read More

Public Safety


Bicycle Theft Prevention

There is nothing like bicycling around New York City and with the expansion of bicycle lanes throughout the five borough's more and more people are opting to utilize a bicycle. ALWAYS lock the bicycle frame to the rack - Don't just lock the wheel - a thief will leave the wheel locked to the bike rack and steal the rest of your bicycle. See Press Release

125th Street
Recording Area: 125th Street South West Corner of Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Week of October 27 - November 2
81,123 total visitors this week
+43.5% change from same week in the previous year.


Weekly Performance


     The total customer count for the Week beginning 27-OCT-2014 changed by 5,292 from the previous week. Total count for portfolio as a whole changed 6.06%. The highest hourly customer count for the Week beginning 27-OCT-2014 were achieved on Monday at 12pm.  


Click here for Full Weekly Pedestrian Count Report

Holiday Light Sponsor

We Welcome The

Reginald Lewis Foundation
as one of our 2014 Holiday Lights Sponsors

Development Happenings

125th Street Faces Three Years of Detours Amid Harlem River Drive Repairs

A project to repair the 125th Street exit of the Harlem River Drive that's set to begin early next year will reroute highway traffic onto residential streets for more than three years, according to the city's Department of Transportation.

How Airbnb is Transforming Harlem

Airbnb, the home sharing site, has run up against problems in New York City and in cities across the country. But not in Harlem. Increasingly, visitors to our neighborhood skip hotels and use Airbnb and similar sharing services to find local apartments to stay in uptown. Read More

125th Street
Stop, Shop,

 Presidential Pizza
357 W 125th Street

Danice Stores
305 W 125th Street

House of Hoops
268 W 125th Street

The Children's Place
248 W 125th Street


Nov. 10 - Nov. 16  

New Intermediate Harlem Swing Dance Class
Nov. 11th  
7:00 pm

Amateur Night at the Apollo: Show Off

Nov. 12th  

7:30 pm  

Albert Murray: His Life & Work

Nov. 13th  
6:30 pm 

Trunk Show featuring Keyiko African Arts

Nov. 14th - 16th 

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Melba's 125th Weekly Gospel Brunch

Nov. 16th  
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Veteran's Day



The 125th Street B.I.D. would like to say, "Happy Veterans Day" to those who served! We thank you!



2014 Harlem Holiday Lights Sponsors:

                    www.alofthotelharlem.com    www.disney.com         www.columbia.edu    

    www.harlemcdc.org                 www.grayline.com

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