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It looks like the Universal Hip-Hop Museum is actually becoming a reality. According to UHHM chairman and hip-hop legend Kurtis Blow, New York City has divulged concrete plans to build a series of complexes in the South Bronx. The site will contain an education space, food and beverage hall, multiplex theater, 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!”
The concept of the museum is to celebrate the pioneers of hip-hop and showcase their contributions through music art, dance, fashion. The museum also aims to provide education and entertainment through the use of tech designed and provided by Google, Microsoft and a variety of other contractors.
“[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.