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New York Gives $3.5M Grant To Help Build Hip-Hop Museum In The Bronx

By Parker Diakite

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The state of New York has awarded a $3.5 million capital grant to help build the world’s first museum dedicated to hip-hop music and culture, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced.

The projected $80 million Universal Hip Hop Museum is anticipated to open in South Bronx in 2023. Why the Bronx? Also known as the “Boogie Down,” the Bronx is considered to be the birthplace of hip-hop among music enthusiasts and hip-hop circles.

Currently, the museum is open in a temporary space located at 610 Exterior Street in the Bronx Terminal Market. 

A rendering of the future museum at the waterfront development project Bronx Point | Credit: UHHM

Similar to Cleveland, Ohio’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Hip Hop Museum is said to generate tourism and tax revenues for both the Bronx and New York State.

“The museum is part of the renaissance of the Bronx,”  Rocky Bucano, the museum’s director told the New York Post. “The Bronx is coming back but the museum will be of the people and for the people.”

In addition to receiving a grant from the state, Bucano said that the museum received $6.5 million in additional funds from New York City. 

The Universal Hip Hop Museum will occupy 50,000 square feet in Bronx Point, the residential and retail project by L+M Development Partners that will be constructed north of the 145th street bridge along the Harlem River in the Bronx.

This museum would be the first in its kind in the five boroughs that focuses solely on celebrating, preserving, and exploring hip hop culture. The museum will provide visitors with an immersive experience through virtual reality exhibits, holograms, interactive documentaries, vintage photos, and more.

The development’s official groundbreaking is set to happen over the summer.

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