City Council To Vote on Hip Hop Street Name Change

During today’s Stated Meeting the City Council will consider re-naming Sedgwick Avenue ‘Hip Hop Boulevard’. The Council is expected to approve the legislation. Bill sponsor CM Vanessa L. Gibson said she was “thankful for the support of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and my NYC Council colleagues.”

The birthplace of hip-hop is considered to be 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in Morris Heights in The Bronx. It all started back in 1973 when DJ Kool Herc first spun records at a birthday party in the rec room of his building at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue. In 2010, the building was in foreclosure but was rescued by a coalition of tenants, elected officials and community activists.

The street in front of 1520 will be officially co-named Hip-Hop Boulevard once the Council votes in favor and Mayor de Blasio signs it into law. 

“I am very excited and grateful for the support!” said CM Gibson.

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