125th Street Business Improvement District
February 11, 2015
Events and News:  THIS WEEK

125th Street BID

"Sometimes I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me."  - Zora Neale Hurston 
Zora Neale Hurston is considered one of the pre-eminent writers of twentieth-century African-American literature. Through her writings, Robert Hemenway wrote in The Harlem Renaissance Remembered, Hurston "helped to remind the Renaissance--especially its more bourgeois members--of the richness in the racial heritage."

Controversial Transportation Solution Raises Many Questions

M60 - Select Bus Service

on 125th Street 


An abbreviated Plan for the M60 Select Bus Service was implemented on 125th Street in May 2014. 


Currently, there are many discussions taking place and news articles are being written about the success or lack thereof and problems encountered with select bus service on 125th Street.


On February 10, 2015, NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) provided the 125TH Street BID with an update which included preliminary results.  In attendance were representatives from elected officials, (Councilmember Mark Levine, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer), New York City Small Business Services, and the Chairs of Manhattan Community Board 9 and 10 and Vice Chair of 11.


Initial reaction to the plan from the BID members is that there is room for improvements. Property owners, commercial tenants, and residents discussed their experiences and made recommendations on parking and commercial loading, the dedicated lanes and travel times. Members also brought to DOT's attention the impacts on their business operations, challenges faced by residents, some safety concerns, and the affects and changes in customer purchasing behaviors.


DOT expressed their willingness to work closely with the BID and will look at issues raised.


Recent Articles:   

Harlem CB Chair Complains Bus Lanes Have Slowed Her Cab Rides to Subway

Progressive Caucus to de Blasio: Let Us Help Build New York BRT Network

NYC needs to do more to meet goal of 20 Select Bus Routes by 2017, official says

Development Happenings 

Sharnee Lance is a new single mom facing an issue that so many New Yorkers face: the need for more space when kids are born and the desire to find the right neighborhood for their new bundle of joy. So, off to the newly hot areas of Harlem: NoHa, north of Harlem from 125th to 150th streets; and SoHa, south of Harlem from 110th to 12th streets.
 Read More

Citizens group Civitas presented new designs for its Re-imagining the Waterfront. Backed by various statements of support by elected officials, Civitas released a report with designs by landscape architect firm Mathews Nielsen to transform the waterfront from 60th Street to 125th Street.
 Read More


The $39 million sale of the Pathmark on 125th Street and Lexington contributed to a 49 percent surge in Upper Manhattan's investment real estate sales last year - with East Harlem and Washington Heights leading the way, according to a report released by Ariel Property.



Greystone plans to construct two Harlem residential towers with a total of 75 units, according to property records filed with the city. The permits call for two buildings at 69 East 125th Street with the tallest rising 12 stories and 120 feet. Read More 




According to Cohen, there are seven one- and two-story retail sites between 125th and 155th streets being considered for up zoning. In exchange for a legally binding commitment to designate 50 percent of the planned housing units as affordable housing, the height limit of the buildings would be increased from 120 feet to 160 feet. Read more 



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Black History  
Month Events

Feb. 13th - 11:00 am

Feb. 13th - 3:00 pm 

Trunk Show featuring Afrodesiac Worldwide
Feb. 12 - 15th
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Harlem Hospitality & Culinary Conference
Feb. 18th
8:00 am - 2:20 pm   

Feb. 22nd -3:00 pm    

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125th Street
Recording Area: 
125th Street South West Corner of Frederick Douglass Blvd.
This Week Footfall Counts
 January 26, 2015 - February 1, 2015

Weekly Performance

46,117 total visitors this week.
+5.54% change from same week in the previous year.

 The total customer count for the Week beginning 26-JAN-2015 changed by -6,584 from the previous week. Total count for portfolio as a whole changed -18.75%. The highest hourly customer count for the Week beginning 26-JAN-2015 were achieved on Saturday at 12pm.