125th Street Business Improvement District  
Est. Feb 2014
Events & News: THIS WEEK - July 8, 2015  

The location is 215 West 125th Street - an office building in our district. 
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.


125 Business Spotlight
Connecting to Wellness 
The number of wellness offerings in our district has been growing.  In addition to pharmacies and other traditional health service providers, alternative medicine and holistic service providers are finding a home on 125.     
We had the opportunity to catch up with one of our new businesses on 125th Street
Here's an inside look at
"My Wellness Solutions"
17 West 125th Street

When did you come to 125th Street?:
"In November of 2014"

Why 125th Street?
"We knew that once we opened in the Bronx that Harlem would be our next stop. 125th street made sense because it's a central location to Harlem and has a great foot traffic which helps for business exposure."


How has your experience on 125th street been thus far?: "Amazing! We've had great success and the community is really receptive for our services."


Message to community:  

"We focus on cleansing....weight loss, digestive disorders, acne, asthma, allergies, etc. We're really excited to be here and we look forward to serving and partnering to make a healthier Harlem."  - Indhira Santana 


Photo By: Karl Crutchfield
left: BID President, Barbara Askins; right: Owner of My Witness Solutions, Indhira Santana
BID's 22nd Annual Meeting
Connecting with Our Members and the Community 
125th Street BID's Annual Meeting 
Photos By: Karl Crutchfield

The BID hosted it's 22nd Annual Meeting concluding the fiscal year 2014-2015. All accomplishments, statistics and upcoming ventures were discussed. Our Annual Report (click here) showed our progress throughout the year and our Retail Snapshot gave in debt details in terms of our growth by numbers.

This year, our guest speaker Dan Garodnick, talked budget, police, mass transit, and local economic development.
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New Members
Re-elected - 3 Year term beginning July 1, 2015 
Drew Greenwald & Scott Auster (Grid Properties)
Dr. Joseph Tait (Harlem Commonwealth Council)
Bernard Warren (Webb and Brooker)

Elected New Members - 3 year term beginning July 1, 2015 
Class B - Commercial Tenants 
Clinton Squires (Cohen Optical)
Indhira Santana (My Wellness Solutions)
Class E- Government and Community 
Kenneth Knuckles, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone
Retail and Neighborhood Development Happenings
New Store at Former M&G Diner 
Source: Harlem Bespoke

Harlem's oldest diner shut down 5 years ago and has been vacant until now at the corner of 125th Street and Morningside Avenue.  The owner of the building did a great job restoring the facade and retaining one of the iconic signs out front but whatever the lease was going for did not attract another food establishment.   Rumors that at sneaker shop would arrive now...... View Site 


Babbalucci Opens on Lenox
Source: Harlem Bespoke

Wood oven style pizza is having a moment in Harlem and Babbalucci on Lenox by 126th Street has opened over the long holiday with dinner service from 5:00PM-11:00PM.  This will be the 4th boutique pizza parlor to open north of 110th Street this summer and uptown looks like it is pretty set in this category. View Site 

Morningside Heights, More Than a 'College Town' 

Those who are skeptical of the idea that New York could be considered a college town might change their minds after visiting the Morningside Heights neighborhood on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.


The neighborhood, which runs from West 110th Street to West 125th Street and has about 40,000 residents, is bracketed by a pair of dazzling parks, Riverside and Morningside. But there are many other open, leafy spaces, in scattered courtyards tucked inside school walls. Some, like Columbia's large, bustling quad, are open to the public.

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Connect to Harlem & 125th Street 

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New York State's Summer Stage in Harlem
Every Thursday
July 9th - August 27th
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Harlem News
Harlem Summer Stage 2015 Lineup
Take a look at several events that will be occurring in Harlem during the months of July & August.
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Studio Museum in Harlem Unveils Design for Expansion
The Studio Museum in Harlem, whose ambitions have long been checked by the limitations of its 1914 building, will construct a new $122 million home designed by the British architect David Adjaye on West 125th Street.  
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Events Highlights
July 2015
Harlem Bastille Day 2015
July 12th, 2015
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Arts by Salbello presents Metamorphosis
July  17-19, 2015
Time Varies
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Having an event on 125th Street & would like to be featured? Click HERE

Business Data Connection
125th Street Pedestrian  Footfall Count  
Accurate, Compelling, and Objective Data on 125th Street Pedestrian Flow    


Weekly Count Below:
This week our footfall records indicate that once again, Friday had the highest customer count at 14,566 for the Week beginning 29-JUNE-2015.

Week of:
June 29 - July 7

81,473 total visitors this week.

-0.3% change from same week in the previous year.

Recording Area:  Southwest Corner of 125th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard

 Total customer count for the week beginning 29-JUNE-2015 changed by 8,139 from the previous week. Total count for portfolio on a whole changed 9.89%. The highest customer count for the week beginning 29-JUNE-2015 were achieved
on Friday at 3pm.

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Connect with our 125th Street 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! 

Old Navy
300 West 125th Street

Take an additional 75% off of clearance items at Old Navy! 

Lane Bryant
224 West 125th Street
The latest looks in women's  clothing can be found at Lane Bryant! Enjoy 75% off on selected items!

124 West 125th Street

Decorate your Apartment with affordable stylish decor from Paramount on 125th. 20% off of clearance items!

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

Izzo Construction
537 West 125th Street
Between Amsterdam & Broadway
(212) 662-5695

Izzo Construction is in its 3rd generation of family ownership.  Izzo is fully licensed and insured to provide comprehensive residential and commercial construction services including painting, carpentry and tiling.  Their motto reads "Imaginative-Innovative-Impeccable" as seen by their extensive resume of work.
Previously featured west side businesses:

Cotton CLub 
656 West 125th Street 

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
700 West 125th

Uptown Flava'
445 West 125th Street

Our Children's Foundation
527 West 125th Street

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

Franklin & Lennon Paint Co.
537 West 125th St.

Duane Reade
568 West 125th Street

West Side Stone & Marble Co.
712 West 125th Street

BTH - By The Hudson 
712 West 125th Street 

ECDO - Ecumenical Community Development Organization
443 West 125th Street

Levels Barbarshop
425 West 125th Street

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