On Dec 7th, 2010 we all put our best efforts forward and came together to celebrate the lighting of 125th Street. The celebration was not only about the lighting of the street but about three major sections of Harlem and its leaders coming together to do something positive for the community . This year's effort represents a new era of Cooperation and Achievement.
This year the 125th Street BID, Chairs of Community Boards 9,10 & 11, The Riverside Park Fund and the Office of General Services joined forces to host this special holiday event.
Attendees who arrived early were welcomed by the sounds of christmas carols projecting from the State Office Building's plaza.
Around 6pm a larger crowd began to gather at the Adam Clayton Powell State Building Plaza.
Vincent Morgan Chair, 125th Street BID A chilly yet entertained crowd
Barbara Askins President & CEO Larry English Chair, CB9M
125th Street Business Improvement District
Vincent Morgan, Barbara Askins, Franc Perry and Larry English greet the crowd with welcoming remarks, acknowledgements and plenty of Holiday cheer.
The MC of the evening Isolda Peguero/Telemundo Artist Charlotte Doreen Small
We were so lucky to have such wonderful performers, IMPACT, Saxophonist Kazuki Kitmori, Charlotte Doreen Small, the Renaissance Youth Theater and Breje perform and be a part of this Community event. All of our performers rocked the plaza, bringing smiles to the faces of attendees and passersby of all ages.
After a few words and a few wonderful performances, it was time to "Flip the Switch"
World renowned Chef and owner of the Red Rooster Harlem Marcus Samuelson came out to celebrate and do the honors . Mr. Samuelson greets the audience and thanks everyone for coming out and showing support. Samuelson flipped the switch to Light Up 125th Street
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 2, 1.....Harlem Light it Up !
The streamers across 125th street began to light up almost simultaneously both East and West of theState Building, It was beautiful.
Thank you Starbucks! for pitching in and helping keep us warm with complimentary hot chocolate for attendees.
Breje a teen sensation closed the show with a lively performance of song and dance.
Thank you All! We look forward to celebrating again next year. Stay in touch by visiting www.125thstreetbid.com often to keep informed about plans for the 2011 Holiday Season. Click to view complete list of Harlem Holday Lights 2010 Sponsors and Contributors
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