125th Street Business Improvement District  
Est. Feb 2014
Events & News: THIS WEEK - July 24, 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.


 Special Thank You to The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce 

 Message from the President 

 A couple of weeks ago I was one of 40 Harlem Representatives invited to be a part of a delegation to go to Cuba. As we watch the events unfold regarding Cuban and United States relations (view story), it brings back the fond memories of the great experience and the potential cultural opportunities for our community.  Members of the delegation met with the State Department and the Ministry of Culture for a historic, cultural and educational experience!   


While in Cuba, we had the opportunity to visit several landmarks to include the Capitol Building, Revolution Square, University of Havana and the Museum of the Revolution to name a few. This experience will continue in September when the Chamber brings us together once again to share photos, special memories and discuss follow-up activities for cultural exchanges.   


   Cuban Artwork (left) from Hotel Nacional de Cuba  

Photos taken at "The Ministry of Culture after a very productive meeting.  

Top Photo:  Lonnie Davis, Barbara Askins, Rep. Ministry of Culture; Councilwoman Inez Dickens; Rep. Ministry of Culture;  

Lloyd Williams, Larry Scott Blackmon

 Bottom Photo: Lloyd Williams, Voza Rivers, Barbara Askins, Councilwoman Inez Dickens, Yasmin Cornelius, and

Larry Scott Blackmon  

125 Development Happenings
 It's Almost Here!!!!
Buffalo Wild Wings
2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd
"We pride ourselves in being community connected. With the opening of this establish we will be donating all proceeds from our VIP Night to the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem. We hire local community staff and we're looking forward to becoming a part of the Harlem Community"
  - Jean-Paul Parnizari

 Director of Property Operations

Four M Franchising, LLC

Buffalo Wild Wings


Whole Foods on 125th Street Update!!!


Day by the day the construction of Whole Foods is advancing as the time progress. Earlier this summer the foundation was being secured and we can now see the walls are above ground level and several floors of the establishment are building up.     


   Article:Source New York YIMBY
Steel Rises at Harlem Whole Foods, 100 West 125th Street


Connecting to Education
CUNY School of Medicine to open in Harlem in 2016

The City University of New York is opening its first-ever medical school in Harlem in 2016.

The CUNY School of Medicine will be located at City College and will launch its inaugural class in partnership with St. Barnabas Health System in the South Bronx. There will be 70 students in the CUNY School of Medicine's inaugural class and the school has already been accredited.

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Connect to Harlem & 125th Street 
Amazing Grace Musical Begins

"Amazing Grace The Musical is a tour de force! There is a powerful message behind this musical and the creative team skillfully maintains the integrity of slave trader John Newton's historic transformation...."

The adventure begins June 25th at 3 pm!

125th Street Farmers Market
This week at the 125 Farmer's Market, Food Workshops were hosted throughout the day. 
Pictured is a group of students learning about the different vegetables and ways to prepare it.

Don't forget our Farmer's Market is
Every Tuesday!!!!
Located in front of the State Office Building
163 West 125th Street at 7th Ave.  
10:00am - 7:00 pm 
Harlem News
Thelma Golden: Steering the Studio Museum Ahead
The Studio Museum now has more than 110,000 visitors a year, up 27% since Ms. Golden, assumed the director's chair. The museum's mission has expanded as well, broadening beyond its founding goal of promoting the work of African-American artists to also include those of African descent living elsewhere.
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Harlem Gymnasts Compete for Top Honors at National Championships in Texas
Nine of Harlem's most talented gymnasts are competing against the country's elite in the USA Championships in Texas. The students, all from the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation, had to qualify through regional and state competitions to advance to this stage. 
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Connecting to Entertainment
July 2015
StudioWorks Mid Summer Teen Night
July 24, 2015
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Shape Up NYC Zumba
July  25, 2015
11:00 AM

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Business Data Connection
The 125th Street BID is the go to source for developers and potential investors to understand the amount of foot traffic, peak hours and days of pedestrian traffic.
125th Street Pedestrian  Footfall Count  
Accurate, Compelling, and Objective Data on 125th Street Pedestrian Flow    


Weekly Count Below:
Friday seems to be the "GO TO" day for 125 with the highest customer count at 12,858 for the Week beginning 13-JUNE-2015.

Week of:
July 13 - July 19

Annual Performance
total visitors this week.

-8% change from same week in the previous year.

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

Daily & Weekly Performance
Total customer count for the week beginning 13-JULY-2015 changed by -3,666 from the previous week. Total count for portfolio on a whole changed 2.4%. Hourly Count: The highest customer count for the week beginning 13-JULY-2015 were achieved
on Friday at 6pm.

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Connect to 125 Shopping 
125th Street Businesses
Our businesses constantly have sales, deals & countless saving opportunities! Come to 125th Street and take some time out to enjoy what we have to offer! 
125th Street is the place to get ALL types of Jewelry for the right Price! Check out the following Jewelry Business Highlights and the Deals they have to offer!!!!

Z & S
has the latest watches, chains, pendants & more! They invite you to check out their new selections and daily discounts! 
Located at 206 West 125th Street. 
AJ's Gold & Diamonds carries Gold, Diamonds and all kinds of name brand watches! Earrings, Rings and Bracelets are also in stock for that special gift!  
        Located at 126 West 125th Street 

$5 Piercing
is having a HUGE SALE!!!! Up to 75% OFF of Clearance Items! You can also get pieces for as low as $9.99! 
Located at 136 West 125th Street. 
Do not get left behind!
Daily specials and discounts
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

Amalgamated Bank
564 West 125th Street
(212) 531-9280
Amalgamated Bank provides personal attention to help your small business thrive.

Their skilled financial services team has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of business banking, along with local expertise. We focus on giving you the personal service you need so you can focus on your business.
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

Harlem Natural Healing Holistic Force
439 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

Izzo Construction
537 West 125th Street
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