08 Sep Groundbreaking for Universal Hip Hop Museum Pushed Back

Groundbreaking for Universal Hip Hop Museum Pushed Back; Opening Now Planned for 2024

The Universal Hip Hop Museum is part of a $65 million development project in the South Bronx, called “Bronx Point.”  The project includes space for nonprofit organizations and affordable housing.

The timing could not have been any better. Construction of the UHHM, as part of Bronx Point, would have begun in July 2020 and its completion was scheduled for 2023. The grand opening would have coincided with the 50th anniversary of the musical genre and culture born in the Bronx.

Unfortunately, due to the spread of COVID-19 and the resulting pandemic, the progress of the UHHM felt the effects of this deadly virus.  The UHHM’s preview exhibit, The [R]Evolution of Hip Hop, at the Bronx Terminal Market had to be shut down in March and like most construction projects across New York, the groundbreaking had to be delayed.

As such, the UHHM will not be ready for visitors in time for Hip Hop’s 50th Anniversary.  However, this doesn’t mean our momentum has come to a halt. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Construction on Bronx Point is now planned to start in late 2020.
  • A special on-site celebration is being planned for Hip Hop’s 50th Anniversary in 2023.
  • The UHHM is planning to open its doors in 2024.
  • Bronx Point is considered a “transformative mixed-use development of approximately 530,000 SF that will bring affordable housing, educational community facilities, dynamic retail uses, and engaging new open space along the Harlem River waterfront in the South Bronx.”
  • The UHHM is an essential part of Bronx Point as it will be the “cultural anchor” of this project.
  • Bronx Point is considered one of the 10 biggest projects announced in 2019 in New York City.
  • “Bronx Point advances the City and community’s long-standing goal of increasing parkland in the South Bronx while catalyzing the rebirth of the borough’s burgeoning Harlem River waterfront.”
  • COVID-19 will NOT stop Hip Hop’s most important project: The Universal Hip Hop Museum!