According To Kurtis Blow, The Universal Hip-Hop Museum Is On Its Way
A long-vacant site in the South Bronx will be the new ground setting for the Universal Hip-Hop Museum, according to chairman Kurtis Blow.
It has been a long time coming, but finally the Universal Hip-Hop Museum is making headway. According to UHHM chairman Kurtis Blow, New York City has revealed its plans to construct a mega-development complex in the South Bronx. Filling in this long-vacant site will be a multiplex theater, a food and beverage hall, an education space, and the Universal Hip-Hop Museum’s curated gallery.
“The Universal Hip-Hop Museum may be the single most important project for the preservation of hip-hop culture,” Blow said. “This new cultural institution will be a great new tourism destination for NYC and the Bronx. What a great day for hip-hop!”
According to DNAInfo, the museum organization was formed four years ago with the goal to celebrate the pioneers of hip-hop and showcase their contributions through dance, art, music and fashion. UHHM Executive Director Rocky Bucano said that the museum will also offer “entertainment and education” through the use of tech designed and provided by Google, Microsoft and more.
“[The museum will be] home for the world’s most popular art form, hip-hop culture… bringing hip-hop back to the Bronx where it originated from,” Bucano said. “It’s gonna be a complete history of hip-hop.” The site, which will be known as Bronx Point, sits along the Harlem River and will include a public green space, an outdoor stage and up to 1,045 units of permanent affordable housing.
The first phase of construction is expected to be complete by 2022.