New York City, the birthplace of hip hop, is $3.5 million closer to having the Universal Hip Hop Museum. On Thursday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the he was awarding a $3.5 million capital grant to help build the first museum in the world dedicated to hip-hop music and culture. The museum also has received $6.5 million in funds from the New York City government.
|Rendering of the Universal Hip Hop Museum in NYC
The Universal Hip Hop Museum is scheduled to open its $80 million permanent facility in the South Bronx in 2023. It is currently open in a temporary space at 610 Exterior St. in Bronx Terminal Market.
The museum’s director, Rocky Bucano says the UHHM will celebrate hip-hop culture, not just the music. That means there will be exhibits on break dancers, graffiti artists, disc jockeys and MCs dating back to the 1970s. “The museum is part of the renaissance of the Bronx. The Bronx is coming back,” Bucano said. “But the museum will be of the people and for the people.”
The museum has corporate partners including Microsoft and MIT and support from legendary New York bred rappers Nas and LL Cool J.
According to the NY Post, the Universal Hip Hop Museum will occupy 50,000 square feet in Bronx Point, the residential and retail project by L+M Development Partners that will be erected north of the 145th Street bridge along the Harlem River in the Bronx.