The Bronx is moving one step closer to becoming the home of the Universal Hip Hop Museum.
Plans are to break ground for the museum at its secured location along the Harlem River at 65 E. 149th St., just south of Yankee Stadium, in winter 2019, a city official confirms.
For a new space to celebrate the city’s musical history, Kurtis Blow has teamed up with Ice-T, LL Cool J and others to create the UHHM. Blow, the first solo rapper to be signed to a major label, in 1979, says the museum is on track to enrich the borough starting in 2023.
The Universal Hip Hop Museum is coming to the Bronx.
South of Yankee Stadium, the museum plans to break ground in hip-hop’s home borough in December 2019. Funders recently secured $20 million in initial funding, and they are going into their next phase of critical fund raising and want to get the message out that the work is not done yet and that they need support.
The birthplace of hip-hop is the Boogie Down Bronx. So it only seems right that a museum to honor the music and everything about it will be built there.
“There are a lot of untold stories, human interest stories that will be in the museum,” Hip-hop legend Kurtis Blow said. “It is just going to be an awesome, awesome piece of history for this culture.”
Public Enemy’s Chuck D has been named chairman of the forthcoming Universal Hip Hop Museum’s celebrity board, Billboard reports. The museum, whose mission “celebrates and preserves the history of local and global hip-hop music and culture to inspire, empower and promote understanding,” is slated to break ground in the Bronx next year with a projected opening in 2022.
Public Enemy luminary Chuck D has been appointed the Chairman of the Celebrity Board for the Universal Hip Hop Museum in theChuck D’s group Public Enemy is undoubtedly a huge part of hip-hop history, so it makes sense that it’s been announced Wednesday that he’ll be serving as the Chairman of the Celebrity Board for the Universal Hip-Hop Museum. The Museum is scheduled to open its doors in 2022, with construction to start in The Bronx next year.
Public Enemy luminary Chuck D has been appointed the Chairman of the Celebrity Board for the Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx. According to a press release, Director of the UHHM Rocky Bucano and Chairman of the Board Kurtis Blowannounced the news on Wednesday (December 19).
Chuck got involved to hopefully bring some more structure to not only the museum itself but also to the culture.
Having secured $20 million in initial funding, the Bronx venue will break ground in 2019 and open in 2022.
Rap pioneer and Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D has been named chairman of the celebrity board for the Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM), Billboard has learned exclusively. His appointment is the latest step forward as the museum prepares to break ground in the Bronx in December 2019 and open its doors in 2022.
If all goes according to plan, the opening of Bronx Point, a mixed-use development, would bring up to 1,045 units of housing to the South Bronx. The development will be delivered in two phases. The first phase is set to include 600 units of permanent affordable housing as well as public spaces for performances, food, education and museums, which is expected to be done by 2022. The project is expected to create 915 temporary jobs and 100 permanent jobs once the site opens.
The definitive history of hip-hop doesn’t lie in the Bronx—at least not yet. For now, it’s sitting in rows of boxes inside a fine art storage facility in Newark, N.J.
That’s where the principal archive for the Bronx’s soon-to-come Universal Hip-Hop Museum is being stored until construction is finished on the project’s nearly 60,000 square-foot facility just north of the 145th Street Bridge. With a core formed from the vast collection of hip-hop legend and historian Claude “Paradise” Gray, it’s likely already the largest stockpile of hip-hop memorabilia in existence and is only growing as the museum’s 2022 opening date approaches.
The Universal Hip-Hop Museum has officially found a permanent home in its birthplace of the Bronx, according to DNA Info, with the plans incorporating the long-discussed museum as part of a mega-development complex alongside a multiplex theater, an education space, and a neighborhood food and beverage hall known as Bronx Point.
It’s said that New York City is the city that never sleeps. By this logic, the Bronx has been having a serious case of insomnia as the last year has seen the rise of numerous new developments, projects, and cultural attractions including most recently, the New York City Universal Hip-Hop Museum (UHHM), which is slated to open in 2022.
The New York City Universal Hip-hop Museum (UHHM) is slated to open in 2022 in the Bronx. Founded by Rocky Bucano, Kurtis Blow, Shawn LG Thomas, Grandwizzard Theodore, Mickey Bentson, and , Joe Conzo Jr. the museum “celebrates and preserves the history of local and global hip-hop music and culture to inspire, empower, and promote understanding,” according to the UHHM website.
The Bronx’s planned Universal Hip-Hop Museum is expected to boast a recording studio, virtual graffiti wall and dozens of photos, books and records highlighting the music genre’s growth, according to co-chairman Kurtis Blow.