The City Council plans to affirm the legacy of The Bronx as the birthplace of hip-hop on Feb. 5 by passing legislation that would co-name a portion of Sedgwick Avenue as 'Hip-Hop Boulevard,' according to Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson'soffice.
Although the exact site of hip-hop's birth is up for debate, a commonly accepted spot is 1520 Sedgwick Ave., where DJ Kool Herc and his sister hosted what his website refers to as the 'first hip-hop party' on Aug. 11, 1973.
Gibson, who represents the district that includes 1520 Sedgwick Ave., said that the co-naming is meant to honor both DJ Kool Herc and the overall contributions that The Bronx has made to creating hip-hop over the years.
“I’m thankful that it has evolved to a genre of music that has gained so much attention and popularity,” she said. “We have a lot of Bronx natives who are trailblazers.”
Although New Yorkers suggested several possible locations for Hip-Hop Boulevardwhen DNAinfo asked them about two years ago — including Van Duzer Street in honor of the Wu-Tang Clan and Linden Boulevard in honor of A Tribe Called Quest — Gibson said she did not receive any grief over trying to officially bestow the honor on the portion of Sedgwick Avenue near the site of DJ Kool Herc's famous party.
“In terms of affirming that The Bronx was the birthplace of hip-hop, no, I don’t think we got any pushback from that,” she said.
Going forward, Gibson hopes to further cement the borough's contributions to the wildly popular music genre with a hip-hop museum and anticipates selecting a design and location for the institution soon.