125th Street Business Improvement District

                  Events & News: THIS WEEK - March 3, 2015  


Louis del Sarte's " Spirit of Harlem" wall mosaic that was commissioned in 2005 by Norfolk Bank has livened up the corner of what became Capital One (125th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard) for the last 10 years. Capital One has now relocated to the adjacent corner and the storefront is currently vacant.  This is a great example of how to use dead space in commercial footprints to brand 125th Street as a cultural destination. 

Connecting to
Real Estate Development
Development Happenings
Commercial leasing Opportunity at Manhattanville Campus of Columbia University

The Columbia University-Harlem SBDC is pleased to announce the first available retail leasing opportunity in the Manhattanville Campus of Columbia University.

Three retail spaces are available in the Jerome L. Greene Science Center. The building sits at the intersection of Broadway and 129th Street, which is the eastern-most entrance to the campus and the building closest to mass transit. The JLGSC will be the most visible building of the new development.
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Update on City Lights

December 2013 city officials unveiled 4 of New York City's new LED Light fixtures on 125th Street. 

The process for design, acceptance and completion of new lighting fixtures is very long and tedious.  We are happy to report today that:   
  • The contract began in January 2015.
  • DOT's contractor has ordered the new lights. 
  • It takes 12-16 weeks to be manufactured and delivered.
  • Some preliminary work will take place once the snow is gone and then in late Spring, we anticipate seeing the first of the installations of approximately 62 new lighting fixtures in our district. 

The new lighting signifies investment and pride in our community!


Background Information on City Lights

An international design competition to develop a new streetlight for New York City was held in 2004. The City Light design was selected as the winning entry. DOT and DDC are developing the proposed design. (Source: NYCDOT Street Furniture Catalog)  


125th Street Pedestrian
Footfall Counts

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

Week of:
Feb. 16th - Feb. 22nd

50,776 total visitors this week.

-3.26% change from same week in the previous year.

The total customer count for the week beginning 23-FEB-2015 changed by 18,663 from the previous week. Total count for portfolio on a whole changed 57.55%. The highest customer count for the week beginning 23-FEB-2015 were achieved on Friday at 12 pm.

BLN - Business Legislative News
Legislative Actions of Interest to Business Owners

State Orders Minimum Wage Increase for tipped

The state Labor Department has ordered an increase in the minimum wage for tipped workers across the hospitality sector by the end of the year. In an order released, acting labor commissioner Mario Musolino accepted four out of five recommendations of a wage board created last year by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Read More 

Connecting to Technology
Tech Corner    

Last week, in celebration of Black History Month, Manhattan Borough President, Gale A. Brewer recognized Harlem's own Kathryn Finney, who continues to create an impact in the field of technology.

Kathryn is the founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided (DID), a social enterprise that develops programs that increase the active participation of urban communities, especially women, in the digital space. Through digitalundivided's Focus Fellows Program, an initiative designed to assist women owned tech businesses, over 10 Million Dollars in Angel and/or Venture funding has been raised. 10% of FOCUS Fellows have raised over $1MM in funding. Read More

Connect to 125th Street
Harlem News
Harlem Library Expected to Move to New Expanded Location
Plan could use $3.5 Million on New Facility. Read More

Figure Skating in Harlem goes to Washington, DC
 Students experienced a private meeting and Q & A with the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor at the U.S. Supreme Court during FSH's annual Career Week. Read More


Billionaire Sells Artworks to Help Fund Harlem School
William Louis-Dreyfus puts his 3,500-piece collection to a noble use, supporting disadvantaged kids.
Read More

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125th Street
 Sanitation Program

This Week's Focus:
Our Sanitation Workers will continue to touch up paint where needed and remove graffiti as well.

It is the Sanitation Team's daily focus to maintain the streets of 125th Street to ensure that consumers, business owners & residents have a clean shopping experience.

We would like to thank our workers for a job well done!

March 2 - March 8
 Jazz, Soul, New-Age, rock, DJ Every night!
March 2nd - 8th
5:00 pm - 11:55 pm

Apollo Music Cafe featuring: Bridget Barkan
March 6th
10:00 pm

Shaking In Your Seat: Chair Zumba
March 7th
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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125th Street Businesses
In honor of women's history month, we are highlighting businesses that consists of deals women can take advantage of!

Orange Beauty Supply
317 West 125th Street

Buy One! Get one FREE!!!! Shea Moisture Products!!

Beauty Feel Supply
126 West 125th Street

Simply Brazilian 100% Non-Processed Hair
Buy 1 Get 1 FREE

Apollo Hair Center
158 West 125th Street

Saga Brazilian Remy
100% Human Hair
10S" Now $16.99
10" Now $24.99
12" Now $31.99
14" Now $39.99

Click HERE for more 125th Street Deals!

If you are a business on 125th Street, send information about your sales, discounts, and/or Events to srobinson@125thstreetbid.com. Help us continue to promote you!
Spotlight on
West 125th Expansion Area

Harlem's Floridita
125th St. & 12th Ave. Harlem

Floridita's extensive menu has everything you need for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They specialize in Cuban food, but also offer many dishes from all over the Caribbean. Not hungry? Stop by for a few drinks with friends or co-workers. Check out their Beers, Sangria, and Wines. More Information

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