NY Art Commission Honors Birthplace of Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop landmark 1520 Sedgwick Avenue will be honored by a New York Art Committee for its cultural significant to the city.

The address is noted for it's role in Hip-Hop history as the place DJ Kool Herc gave a small party in a recreational room inside of the building in August of 1973.

The party helped lay the ground work to help Hip-Hop music to flourish in and around the Bronx in the early 1970’s.

1520 Sedgwick is one of six spots that City Lore and the Municipal Art Society will honor for it's contribution to New York society and the world.

“1520 Sedgwick Ave is the birthplace of Hip-Hop, creating an art form and culture unique to New York City that would go on to change the world,” said Ray Riccio, CEO of clothing company Sedgwick & Cedar. “This is a very proud day for DJ Kool Herc, The Pioneers, Hip-Hop Culture, S&C Co. and all those that care about preserving history.”

Kool Herc and a number of other pioneers are co-owners of the Sedgwick & Cedar clothing line, which is named after the famous building.

In 2007, 1520 Sedgwick Avenue was declared eligible to be considered a historic and cultural landmark in New York City.

City Lore is a non-profit membership organization that was launched in 1986 to produce programs and events that showcase New York’s cultural heritage.