‘Hip Hop Boulevard’ in the Bronx

Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson in front of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, considered by many the birthplace of hip hop. (Photo courtesy of the council member’s office via Bronx Times)

Council member Vanessa Gibson in front of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, considered by many the birthplace of hip hop. (Photo courtesy of the council member’s office via Bronx Times)

The City Council approved earlier this month the co-naming of a part of Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx as “Hip Hop Boulevard” in recognition of the area, namely an apartment building, that gave birth to hip hop.

Steven Goodstein reports for the Bronx Times:

The co-naming would cover the stretch of Sedgwick Avenue, which runs parallel, north and south, to the Major Deegan Expressway and the Harlem River, from Depot Place to 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, an apartment building that is considered the birthplace of hip hop, located less than a mile away from the River Park Towers.

The Sedgwick Avenue high rise was dubbed the birthplace of hip hop after resident Clive Campbell, later known as DJ Kool Herc, held a house concert and a back-to-school party in the building’s recreation center for his sister, Cindy, on August 11, 1973.

A “Hip Hop Boulevard” sign will be placed in front of the building at a forthcoming ceremony. According to Council member Vanessa Gibson, who represents local district 16, Mayor de Blasio will hold a public hearing on Feb. 25 at City Hall, during which he will sign the legislation passed by the City Council.

Windows of Hip Hop, a Bronx nonprofit that advocates for the education and preservation of hip hop, supported the designation, and has additional plans for promoting their mission in the borough of hip hop’s birthplace. Find out what they have in mind at the Bronx Times.

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