125th Street Business Improvement District

360 W 125th St New York

About/125th Street Business Improvement District
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125th Street Business Improvement District

About the 125th Street Business Improvement District ( BID)

The mission of the BID is to EXPAND sustainable economic activity, MAXIMIZE the ability of local residents, businesses and institution to benefit from any and all opportunities created by commercial revitalization efforts and to IMPROVE the quality of life in the community.


The 125th Street Business Improvement District is located on 125th Street between Morningside Avenue and Fifth Avenue. All properties located in the District are members of the 125th Street BID. BID services are provided for properties in the District with storefronts on 125th Street. Areas of business properties that wrap around onto side streets, 124th Street, and 126th Street are also eligible for BID services.

The 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) is a non-profit organization that strives to enhance the Harlem area through marketing local businesses, directing area improvement projects, and promoting a clean and safe environment. To us, Harlem is one of the liveliest neighborhoods in New York City; it’s a unique place to live, work, visit and invest. Located in the heart of Historic Harlem, 125th Street is a multi-dimensional destination with a range of uses including commercial, social, residential, educational, civic, and religious, with a strong emphasis on arts, culture, and entertainment and culture-related commerce. The BID aims to expand sustainable economic activity in the area including the creation and expansion of businesses and the development of jobs for community residents. We also strive to maximize the ability of all local businesses, residents, and institutions to benefit from economic expansion in the area, while also improving quality of life. Other goals include: to promote events and nightlife, to facilitate active tourism, to celebrate and build upon existing cultural assets, to catalyze economic development, to increase pedestrian mobility, to give the streetscape a cohesive modern appearance and reduce clutter, to develop additional public space, to include public art throughout the project, and to create a high-quality urban environment that contributes to an identity for the Harlem community.

We hosted our first annual Harlem Holiday Lights program in 1994. The event has become a well-known feat of 125th Street and a highly-anticipated community event. This year will be the 27th annual celebration. With the lights, the BID aims to create a festive holiday atmosphere for families, businesses, and visitors. The event will kick-off the holiday season "On and Around" 125th Street and in Upper Manhattan.

Register Your Membership with the BID.! Membership is available to all property owners, commercial tenants, and residents in the defined boundaries described above.

Visit the 125th Street BID website to register


125th Street Business Improvement District

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