125th Street Business Improvement District

EST. FEB 2014 
                Events & News: THIS WEEK - April 17, 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.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer Connects with BID Board   
431 West 125th Street is the home of the new storefront office for Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. Although there will be an official opening coming soon, the 125th Street BID Board of Directors wanted to welcome the BP and sent a special invite to the 3rd quarter meeting. 

Transportation, technology, small businesses, and development initiatives were a few of the topics explored in great detail.  Members expressed their appreciations for her attendance and are looking forward to working closer with her office.

Photographed: Back Row (left to right) Joseph Jemal (Jemal Realty), Bernard Warren (Webb and Brooker), James Simmons (Ares Management), David Gmach (Con Edison), Daniel Fevre (Aloft Hotel), Mukaram Taheraly (Mushtari Hardware), Aldrin Bonilla (MBPO), Ross Jacobs (Cogswell Realty).
Front Row (left to right) Scott Auster (Grid Properties), Lisa Tucker (Resident), Lauren Coakley-Vincent (Department of Small Business Services), Barbara Askins (BID President), Victoria Mason-Ailey (Columbia University), Rev. Georgiette Morgan-Thomas (CBD #9), Gale Brewer (Manhattan Borough President), Nina Saxon (Office of Comptroller Scott Stringer), Willie Walker (NYS OGS), & Athena Moore (MBPO)   
Connecting to
Retail Development
Whole Foods provides update to 125th Street

Last Thursday, representatives from Whole Foods presented to the Economic Development Committee of Manhattan Community Board #10. They will be located in the below and ground levels of the development site on the southwest corner of 125 and Lenox/Malcolm X Blvd.  As the construction walls slowly peel away, we get a glimpse of the work being done.  Other announced tenants in the development include  American Eagle, Olive Garden, TD Bank and Burlington Coat Factory.

Whole Foods announced they expect to take possession of the site at the end of 2015 and then they will commence to do their build out.

Source:  From the Notes of Barbara Askins who was in attendance at the meeting.
Connecting to the Community 


The latest Harlem Commonwealth Council's Spring 2015 Newsletter has been released! Since 1967, the Harlem Commonwealth Council, Inc. (HCC) has provided unwavering service to Harlem and its residents in the form of community-based economic development.  Their mission is "Through the creation of enterprises, the generation of jobs, the support of businesses, and the education of residents, to stimulate the economic development of the Harlem, Upper Manhattan, and Bronx."
View HCC's Spring 2015 Newsletter 


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 footfall records indicate that we experienced a 33.5% change from the same week in the previous year. Each year we strive to be better!   
Week of:
Mar. 30th - April 5th

75,136 total visitors this week.

33.5% change from same week in the previous year.

 Total customer count for the week beginning 30-MAR-2015 changed by 7,788 from the previous week. Total count for portfolio on a whole changed 15.2%. The highest customer count for the week beginning 30-MAR-2015 were achieved on Thursday (12,260).
 View Full Weekly Report

(coming soon -- A Trend Analysis of 125 foot traffic)

Connecting to Business News
Small Business Finance: Becoming Loan Ready

In this workshop, participants will assess appropriate loan amounts, create a financing structure, decide on investors and collateralize. Learn what steps to take before going to the bank for a business loan. Co-Sponsored by the Harlem Community Development Corporation & New York Women's Chamber of Commerce.

Facilitated by Glamis Haro of the Columbia-Harlem SBDC

Register Now! 

Connect to Harlem & 125th Street
Harlem News
 Touro Students Learn Team Care in Harlem
Usually offered only to the medical students, the course is designed to expose first-year students to challenges in understanding cultural.
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Mama Foundation for the Arts Presents ALIVE!, Starting This Weekend in Harlem
The cast of ALIVE! is comprised of everyday, ordinary citizens from all walks of life; people with amazing talent who never realized their desire to perform live.
Read More


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125th Street
Sanitation Program

Hard at Work
Keeping the streets of 125th Street clean!

We continue to thank you for your dedication!

April 13 - April 20

Apollo Music Cafe: Featuring Elew w/ Special Guests
April 17th
10:00 PM

Gallery Tour: Concealed
April 19th
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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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! 
Children's Place
248 West 125th Street

Summer is almost here and the Children's Place on 125th Street has all the right gears for your little ones. Enjoy 50% off and more!
Visit Site

   Gold of Harlem
248 West 125th Street
Step inside this spot and get deals on jewelery, piercings, tattoos and more! Save Big!

Dr. Jays
256 West 125th Street

New goods in from Us Versus Them! Check them out!

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

Cotton Club
656 West 125th Street
Between St Clair Pl and 12th Ave
(212) 663-7980
Pick a day of the week and they've got it.  West Harlem's Cotton Club is located beside the Viaduct and features the sort of nostalgic themed events that remind us what New York was once about including Swing Nights every Monday, Blues and Jazz every Thursday, and a Gospel Show every Saturday and Sunday during brunch hours.
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

ECDO - Ecumenical Community 
 Development Organization
443 West 125th Street

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