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DJ Kool Herc’s Old Block To Be Renamed Hip-Hop Boulevard

 

The legend goes that back in 1973 DJ Kool Herc spun records at a birthday party in the rec room of his building at 1520 Sedgwick Ave. in The Bronx, and that’s when Hip-Hop started. In honor of the seminal DJ’s contributions to the culture, a section of that same block will be renamed Hip-Hop Boulevard. 

Reports DNA Info New York:

The City Council plans to affirm the legacy of The Bronx as the birthplace of hip-hop on Feb. 5 by passing legislation that would co-name a portion of Sedgwick Avenue as “Hip-Hop Boulevard,” according to Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson’s office.

Although the exact site of hip-hop’s birth is up for debate, a commonly accepted spot is 1520 Sedgwick Ave., where DJ Kool Herc and his sister hosted what his website refers to as the “first hip-hop party” on Aug. 11, 1973.

Gibson, who represents the district that includes 1520 Sedgwick Ave., said that the co-naming is meant to honor both DJ Kool Herc and the overall contributions that The Bronx has made to creating hip-hop over the years.

“I’m thankful that it has evolved to a genre of music that has gained so much attention and popularity,” she said. “We have a lot of Bronx natives who are trailblazers.”

Gibson is also working on bringing a proper Hip-Hop museum to The Bronx.

Back in 2010, 1520 Sedgwick was under the threat of foreclosure and despite a public auction in 2011, its tenants were able to stay and the building was able to remain affordable.

The front of 1520 Sedgwick Ave. is seen in the Bronx section of New York, Monday, July 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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