NYC Rejects Sale Of Building Seen As Hip-Hopâ??s Birthplace
March 4, 2008 at 8:17 AM (PT)
The BRONX, NY apartment building recognized as a birthplace of hip-hop may be saved from gentrification -- for the time being, reports THE NEW YORK TIMES. In an unusual move, the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development has rejected the sale of the 100-unit building at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue to a high-profile real estate developer because the financing of the sale was not viable under current rent restrictions, according to a letter released by the department on MONDAY.
SAVE1520.ORG describes the building as the birthplace of hip-hop. They write, "On AUGUST 11, 1973, in the first floor recreation room of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, hip-hop was born. It was on that day that DJ KOOL HERC, known as the founder of hip-hop, and his sister threw the first hip-hop house party. Scholars, musicians and the media widely recognize 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, aka GENERAL SEDGWICK HOUSE, in the BRONX borough of NEW YORK CITY, as the birthplace of hip-hop, a uniquely American musical genre and culture that has taken over the world."
"This is a precedent-setting move," Senator CHARLES E. SCHUMER said at a news conference MONDAY afternoon in the community room of 1520 Sedgwick, where D.J. KOOL HERC in the summer of 1973 presided over a musical sound that eventually gave birth to the hip-hop genre.
The building has been deemed eligible to be listed on national and state registers of historic sites.