125th Street Business Improvement District
February 17, 2015
Events and News:  THIS WEEK

125th Street BID

  " If you believe in a cause, you must be willing to put yourself on the line for that cause"
- Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. was a Baptist pastor and an American Politician , who represented Harlem , New York City , in the United States House of Representatives  (1945-71). He was the first person from New York of African-American  descent to be elected to Congress, and the fourth African American from the North
to be elected in the Post-Reconstruction Era after Oscar Stanton De Priest.

The "Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building" located at 163 West 125th Street was renamed after him in 1983 & a statue was placed at the front of the building in his honor.

125th Street BID  
    Sanitation Program    

Snow on 125
The 125th Street BID Team is the Best

6:00am -  Director of Operations calls Supervisor, 1st worker arrive, Street conditions are assessed and work order issued to clear crosswalks.  Our Clean team has been tested over and over this year and continues to rise to the occasion. 
Special thanks is in order to our dedicated workers!  

Black History Month Spotlight 

On Sunday, February 15, 2015, Harlem Bespoke Reported:  
A Bespoke tip arrived to our inbox last night with a photo of the old M & G sign at the corner of 116th Street and FDB.  This is of course from Harlem's oldest diner that shuttered a few years back and Marcus Samuelson salvaged some of the store facade when it was being dismantled.  We had assumed that this neon signage would have been installed at the Red Rooster but Streetbird Rotisserie will apparently be the home for this piece of historic Harlem.  For more on the old M & G, check out our past post: LINK

Fred Gadsden, was the owner of the property (383 West 125th Street) and the M & G Diner commercial space on the ground floor.  He served on the 125th Street Local Development Corporation Board of Directions from 1985 to 1993.  He was instrumental in creating the Business Improvement District and served as a member from 1993 to 1996.  People in Harlem still talk about his establishment that was a gathering place for good food and political conversations.   Seafood pasta, southern ham hocks, greens, cornbread, pancakes, the jukebox and the decor.  It is great to hear that Marcus Samuelson is taking a piece of his legacy to his new establishment.   

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Recording Area: 
125th Street South West Corner of Frederick Douglass Blvd.

View January Monthly Pedestrian Report

See Weekly Report Below:
In spite of February being one of the coldest months, our pedestrian count shows that this week's customer count was better than the same week last year.

Week of:
February 2, 2015 - February 9, 2015
35,451 total visitors this week.
+67.5% change from same week in the previous year.

 The total customer count for the Week beginning 9-FEB-2015 changed by 7,881 from the previous week. Total count for portfolio as a whole changed 30.47%. The highest hourly customer count for the Week beginning 9-FEB-2015 were achieved on Wednesday at 12pm.

125th Street
NBA All-Star Weekend Highlight  

Fans lined up last week in Jimmy Jazz on 125th Street to meet & greet 
NBA Superstar, Andre Drummond.

Drummond signed autographs and took pictures in honor of NBA All-Star Weekend!

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Business Happenings


Better Government, Stronger Businesses:

An Update from Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer

Development Happenings 

Winter Stops No work:
Latest Project Update for the West 125th Street Streetscape Improvement Project

Despite freezing mornings and the occasional bout with snow, the project moves forward through the winter months. Most work, can be done during these chilly months with the right precautions taken.
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  Lee & Associates has been tapped to lease the retail space at The Corn Exchange, the much-anticipated adaptive re-use of a Harlem landmark at 81 East 125th Street. "As 125th Street continues to evolve, visionary projects like The Corn Exchange become realities," said Schwarz.
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Ian Bruce Eichner's Continuum Company is seeking a permit to commence foundation work on a 24-story East Harlem mixed-use project, according to city Department of Buildings records, six stories shorter than the developer initially intended for the vacant site. The Feb. 12 application notes that the project at 1800 Park Avenue between East 124th and East 125th Streets will rise 24 stories and reach 525 feet.
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