Residents To Unveil Plan To Save Hip-Hop’s Birthplace

The tenants of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx will hold a press conference on Tuesday (January 15) to announce their plans to preserve the location’s status as one of the few remaining affordable-housing complexes in New York City. The building also holds a special place in the history of hip-hop music, as it has been long considered to be the “birthplace” of the genre. In 1973, DJ Kool Herc threw a party in the building’s community room where he showcased his innovative method of mixing break beats. That party is widely recognized as the starting point of what would soon become known as hip-hop music. In February 2007, tenants of 1520 Sedgwick received notice that the property would be sold to a private investment group and removed from New York City’s Mitchell-Lama affordable housing program. In 2007, the building was officially recognized by the State of New York as being eligible for listing on the State and National Register of Historic Places. Although the distinction is welcome, it was not enough to ensure that the building would retain its affordable housing status. But then last month, the owner and proposed buyer of the property offered to step out of the deal and give the tenants a chance to purchase the property themselves. Although New York real estate prices are notoriously high, the city’s Department of Housing Preservation & Development and the Housing Development Corp have pledged millions of dollars in subsidies to the plan. Kool Herc and Senator Chuck Schumer will both attend Tuesday’s press conference, where the tenants financial plan for the preservation of the property will be unveiled.

  • Kingofda718&212

    It doesn’t matter if it was the birthplace of anything. The plan is that they are getting rid of the Mitchell-Lama program and limit the amount of affordable housing in NYC. The only people who they want in those affordable apartments are city employees. So to live here in NYC you have to be rich and if you not “get the fuck out!”. Sad.

  • moresickaMC

    Hip Hop is dead..whats the use.
    just let the place close

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  • Fire

    Are you, kidding, moresickaMC? Save the place, save a landmark of hip hop history. All kinds of other landmarks are saved, why not a hip hop landmark?

    • Mr.Wang

      Thank you Fire! Save the landmark white people!

      I know ya’ll want to move da black folks out and shit but save da damn buildin’ crackas!

      • Dickrider Hater

        Mr. Wang Rider, at it again.

        Ride on Dickrider, Ride On..

        • Mr.Wang

          I don’t back down from pussies nigga.

          You a bitch ass nigga. AND I ain’t dickridin’ shit ya bitch made hoe.

          Keep talkin’ shit nigga….

  • brandnew

    The real issue here is that people will be displaced.We need change.

  • http://www.myspace.com/the_trap_boy el negro

    man u kno damn well if that was the birthplace of rock or country there would be no question but 4 those of u who say ”hip hop is dead let it close” some pl wh still appreciate the arts would luv 2 kep it up soif they get rid of tha buildin im flyin 2 nwe york and lettin sum shyt pop off…hip hop aint dead mainstream radio is fat joe immortal technique papoose nas krs one are still living so hip hop is living w/ them

  • Trickdd

    AWWW NEW YORK NIGGAS SAD CUZ THE HIP HOP BUILDIN MIGHT GET TOUR DOWN FUCKIN BITCH MADE NIGGAS GET SOME GOOD USE OUT THE PLACE AND GIVE PEOPLE SOME HOMES. LIKE ANY OFF YALL GO TWO THE BITCH DONT EVEN LIE AND SAY YOU DO CUZ THEY WOULDNT BE THINKIN BOUT RIPIN THE PLACE DOWN IF IT WAS STILL MAKEIN MONEY. THE PLACE DONT HAVE ONE THING TO DO ABOUT HIP HOP CUZ THATS IN YOUR SOUL IT AINT LIKE THE BUILDIN MADE UP THE FIRST RAP EVER DUM BITCHES HIP HOP WAS STARTED BY SOMEBODY NOT NO FUCKIN BUILDIN THE BIRTHPLACE OF HIP HOP IS IN A NIGGAS SOLE NOT N THE BRICKS OF A BUILDIN

    • ill G

      damn yo u really need to go back to school. stop jumpin on here makin comments cus it makes u look like the dumbest nigga ALIVE!!! i swear u have no literacy skills whatsoever!!! Fist off the only BITCH MADE NIGGA IS U! Second, READ!!! The place aint gonna get TORE(see how i spelled it?) down, its gonna get bought and used for city employees so that means rent is gonna go up…they dont want poor ppl in there. So ur comment about “giving ppl homes” is so redundant for the simple fact that, thats what ppl WANT!! They wanna buy the building so they can give ppl in need, a place to live AFFORDABLY(stop me if i’m using to many big words for ya dumb ass). Third, how does the building not have anything to do with hip hop, when it was THE BIRTHPLACE!! read u stupid nigga, BIRTHPLACE!!! DJ Kook Herc held the first little jam in the courtyard of that mutha fucka so it has EVERYTHING to do with hip hop, fuckin cockboy!! It’s a building with history in it u fuckin idiot, try to fathom that. Fourth, stop typing cus u dont even know how to use periods or commas got damn i hate dumb niggas

  • http://www.hip-hopkings.com Stu

    Damn shame, but we all gotta make money.

  • Blak

    i think all these guys who have made their wealth off this thing called Hip Hop should put there change up, buy this place & give the deed to Kool Herc. It’s only right!!!

  • Neven

    Yes this is basicaly just another step in takin’ hope away form the black community and pushin’ them down to Jersey… they should save the birthplace of hip hop and show the man that hip hop is still alive…. and is still in NY not just the south………….. one good fundraiser would be have all the stars put their fake ass chains and gold watches up on e’bay and have the money go to tenants or a company set up to preserve it………… where russell, Krs, marly, mell, this is what they worked for now the landmark is going to another rich white guy,,,,,,,,,, come on if hip hop is going to be saved this is the place to save it

  • EReal

    They closed CBGB’s and noone gave a fuck, dont sit here and act like you all really give a fuck that MAYBE the first hiphop party was thrown in this particular building. Is there a museum in this building? Have any of you actually been there? Do you make it one of your things to do when you visit NYC?

    Come on, I understand the importance, so as not to be ignorant, but gimmie a fuckin break.

    • Santino718

      If you’re not from NYC, or you don’t believe in hip hop culture, then your opinion belongs in the trash along with a Hurricane Chris/Mike Jones collabo. And take it from me, I’ve hooped on the iron horse & went to 1520 Sedgwick myself. And for me to stand in front of that building, where the culutre was practically concieved, It was an overwhelming feeling. And if these rappers got love for the culture like they say they do, they need to step up to the plate & throw a fundrasier to save the building.

  • VCool

    Man where can i send my contributions. please reply!!!!!!!!!

  • Bronx_4Life

    It is nice the building has historic purpose but the people living in the building need to be removed. I’m glad the city is trying to improve the quality of life by creating living space for decent working people. Public assistance must end! They will never own and never teach their children to respect other people’s property. If the people in this building focused on education instead of hanging out and partying, they would have had the opportunity to earn more than what they do now. My tax dollars should not go to subsidize their rent. They need to suffer the consequences of their actions. They are just one foot out of prison anyway. If they voted this would not happen but I’m sure they are either too ignorant to vote or have a felony so they can’t vote. If they get moved out. Great. I’m sure the neighborhood would improve drastically and the tax base will increase for the city. Bravo Bloomberg!