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Attend Harlem Holiday Lights November 21

On Thursday, November 21, from 10am-9:30pm the 125th Street Business Improvement District will kick off the holiday shopping season with its Harlem Holiday Lights 2013 celebration. This year the event will include an outdoor festival, in-store and on- the-street activities as well as a scavenger hunt and parade of lights. This FREE event, open to the public, will celebrate two significant milestones– 20-years of BID operations and the 200th anniversary of 125th Street being placed on the Great Manhattan Street Grid.

Throughout the day and evening there will be promotions from businesses on 1-2-5 that include free food samples and refreshments, in-store discounts, raffles, hand massages, a Casino Party, photos with Santa, toy and coat drives, financial literacy seminars, free checking check-up with gift, free green dot cards (activated), free admission to museum gallery, and more. ABC broadcast journalist, Sandra Bookman is Grand Marshall for the momentous parade. A map of all the activities and a list of activities appear on the website www.harlemlightitup.com. Below is the schedule of events:

Harlem Light it Up Parade
Time: 7:30
Location: 125th Street B/w 5th Avenue and Marginal Street

In-store Activities
Time: 10am-9:30 pm
Location: Areas along 125th Street

Outdoor Activities
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Locations: Areas along 125th Street

Scavenger Hunt
Time: 6pm – 8:30pm
Locations: Areas along 125th


Meet the woman behind 125th Street Business Improvement District in Harlem

There are plenty of exciting things happening throughout the Village of Harlem and numerous people are behind it. However, what I personally find fascinating-and what I am learning from blogging about Harlem-is that some of those individuals who are making things happen in Harlem are…women. Yup, that’s right…women! There is a boat load of women power in Harlem that are doing great things for our community. I will blog more about that later.

My immediate point is we have an opportunity to meet one of those women I am talking about tomorrow, October 6. In Mount Morris Talks, a speaker series hosted by the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association, Barbara Askins will be the guest speaker! Barbara Askins is the President and CEO of the 125th Street Business Improvement District (BID) in our neighborhood. Askins created BID in 1993 and is first and only one of its kind in the Harlem Community.

If you would like to meet this woman executive, who is making things happen in Harlem now, not later, check out Mount Morris Talks! Details are below!

Who: Mount Morris Talks to Barbara Askins!
When: Thursday, October 6, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Where: At the Harlem Branch Library Community Room, 3rd floor
9 West 124 Street, between Fifth Ave & Mount Morris Park West