Hip-hop started out in the park. In a park in the Bronx to be exact.
However, by 2018, Harlem could be the place where hip-hop officially lives. There are plans to build a massive 20 story museum in the heart of Harlem. The nonprofit running point on this project announced earlier this week that they have won a bid to a building development site in Harlem. The exact address of the location is unknown, but the museum will be on 125th street.
Twenty stories tells you how massive this thing is going to be. There are two main phases to this project: phase one will be complete by 2018. That phase will include a ground floor café, gallery, visitors bureau, and gift store and then a museum on the second floor, which will include an event space and a multi-media studio for film and television.
The second phase is when things get ambitious: that phase will include a museum, hotel, a mall, arcade, sports bar, and a concert lounge. There is no timetable for when the second phase of the project will be completed.
It will be interesting to see how Harlem residents feel about this project.