125th Street Business Improvement District

EST. FEB 2014 
                Events & News: THIS WEEK - April 8, 2015   


The artwork featured this month is located in an office building in our district, 215 West 125th Street.   
The artist, TAFA is an award-winning artist whose paintings have been exhibited and collected in Europe, Japan, Canada, South America, Africa and the US. His works are in many permanent public and private collections including the Superior Court, Washington, D.C., Barclays Bank, Sparrow Hospital, Michigan, Shell Co, Ghana's National Museum, Carver Federal Bank and former New York City Mayor, David N. Dinkins, Bryant Gumbel adn the late johnny Cochran. TAFA obtained a BFA degree from the College of Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. He lives in Harlem, NY.

Connecting to Retail &
Real-Estate Development
125th Street Construction Happenings


125th Street is currently the home of several construction sites that leave pedestrians, visitors & residents eager to see the final products. Work Sites at Columbia University, Southwest corner of Lenox Avenue, 5-15 West 125th and the South East corner of St. Nicholas & 125th

has been moving along as the time passes.  


Corner of St. Nicholas & 125th Street
The area that was once filled with a building that began to crumble a few months ago, is now an area where you can see signs of development taking place. There haven't been official word on what will occupy the new space, whether it may be a restaurant, supermarket, and/or apartments, but one things for certain, development projects on 125th Street are moving forward.


Resources, Assistance and Opportunities 
Connecting to Transportation

 125th Street and Transportation

BID's Position   

"The BID supports125th Street continuing to serve as a regional shopping destination that provides product and services to tourists as well as local population. One of the planned outcomes of the re-zoning of the 125th Street corridor was for it to become a premier, retail and entertainment district. Going through the re-zoning was a major undertaking by the City and the Community. It has taken a while for somethings to happen, but now we are seeing real development as a result of those re-zoning recommendations. It would be extremely disappointing if the transportation changes to be made would have a negative impact on the work done by so many."

The BID seeks a plan that services the needs of those who traverse across 125th Street and a plan that will also allow a great shopping experience.   The goal is not about getting here, it is about wanting people to stay and shop and not get discouraged by congestion issues and leave.


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Bus Lanes Coming to 125th Street

in West Harlem This Summer -  Street Blogs NYC 


Bus riders may not be stuck in crosstown traffic on 125th Street much longer. DOT plans to extend bus lanes from Lenox Avenue to Morningside Avenue this summer.


In addition to extending the bus lanes west, DOT is proposing left turn restrictions from 125th Street to Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevards. Left turns are particularly dangerous for pedestrians, DOT said. Read More   


Business Data Connection
Recording Area: 125th Street South West Corner of Frederick Douglass Blvd.
125th Street Pedestrian  
Footfall Count  
Accurate, Compelling, and Objective Data on 125th Street Pedestrian Flow    

Our weekly footfall has been improving as the days get better. Last week Friday, March 23rd, was the day in which we achieved our highest footfall count of 12,000.  
Week of:
Mar. 23rd - Mar. 29th

67,348 total visitors this week.

38.2% change from same week in the previous year.

 Total customer count for the week beginning 23-MAR-2015 changed by 6,669 from the previous week. Total count for portfolio on a whole changed 15.6%. The highest customer count for the week beginning 23-MAR-2015 were achieved on Friday (12,000).
Connecting to Education

Columbia University  

Community Scholars Program


Columbia University Community Scholars Program is seeking nominations and applications for its next class; the deadline is Thursday, April 30, 2015.  The program, one of the benefits associated with the Manhattanville Campus Expansion, offers independent, community-based scholars from Northern Manhattan access to a suite of Columbia University services and resources in order to work toward the completion of a particular project or to attain skill in a particular area. We hope you will share the link with people you think would make great candidates. Learn More

Connecting to Technology

Automotive Innovation Not Just About

Connected Cars and Apps    


This year's New York International Auto Show is underway, and amid the high performance roadsters and SUVs are a few ideas trying to shake up the status quo in cars including the team at Lyons Motor Car, headquartered in Harlem.


CEO Kevin W. Lyons said during his press conference that the LM2 Streamliner can reach 60 mph in just over 2 seconds. But the design and concept, not just the car's expected speed, has raised some eyebrows. "The biggest controversy over the last couple months has been about wireless technology," Lyons said. Read More 

Connect to Harlem & 125th Street
Harlem News
Apollo Theater Inducts Billie Holiday Into Walk of Fame 
In celebration of her 100th birthday, the Apollo Theater inducts jazz singer Billie Holiday into its Walk of Fame.
Read More

What to Do This Weekend: Take a Trip to Harlem for a Fresh Perspective On Beauty  
The Studio Museum in Harlem is stepping in to fill the void with Salon Style, a new exhibit showcasing artists that use hair and nails to explore issues such as gender, politics, and beauty standards.
Read More


Click HERE for More News

125th Street
Sanitation Program
The weather forecast predicts it will be a rainy week but our sanitation workers are still maintaining our streets ensuring that our pedestrians aren't walking amongst trash and empty trash cans are available for garbage disposal.

 This week, once the weather permits, our team will continue to touch up paintings on street furniture and utilize our new pilot program Welcome Application.

We are always appreciative of their hard work!          
April 8 - April 13
A Tribute to Gospel
April 9th
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Movement Speaks/Harlem Workshop
April 10th
10:30 AM - 12:00PM

E-Moves: Celebrating James Baldwin and Billie Holiday
April 11th
7:30 PM
For More Events Click HERE

Having an event on 125th Street & would like to be featured? Click HERE

Connect with our Businesses
125th Street Businesses
Our businesses constantly have sales, deals & countless saving opportunities! If you are ever in the area, take some time out to enjoy what we have to offer! 
Payless ShoeSource
208 West 125th Street

Save big on sunny sandals with this HOT DEAL! For a limited time, the Wink and Starlet are just $14.99.
Visit Site
  KISS Home Entertainment & Appliance Superstore
264 West 125th Street
Always 20-50% OFF Brand Name Electronics. Enjoy a large selection of affordable appliances!    

 Visit Site 

Ashley Stewart
261 West 125th Street

Receive $25 Curvy Cash for every $50 Spent!    

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 
Each Week the BID introduce you to a Businesses, West of our District.
We invite you to visit them when you are on 125th Street

ECDO - Ecumenical Community 
 Development Organization
443 West 125th Street
Between Morningside and Amsterdam
(212) 531-3211

For over 20 years, community-based organization ECDO has been serving the needs of West Harlem.  ECDO's programmatic services include early childhood education, workforce development, housing and community development, and more.  For more information on their services or how to get involved, please visit their website.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que 
700 West 125th Street

Uptown Flava'
445 West 125th Street

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

Franklin & Lennon Paint Co.
537 West 125th Street

BTH - By The Hudson 
712 West 125th Street

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Harlem Happenings:

 4/1/15 - Management Joint Venture, Select Bus Meetings, 125 Business Highlights + More