29 Historic Places For Black History Month: 1520 Sedgwick Avenue

1520 Sedgwick Avenue

February 2nd, 2016

AAn original Flyer By DJ Kool Herc (8/11/73)

An original Flyer By DJ Kool Herc (8/11/73)

why was it historic?

          The Birth place of Hip Hop Yes, Yes, Yall you don’t stop. This is where it all began, in the Rec room of 1520 Sedgwick Ave. DJ Kool Herc provided the entertainment for a birthday party for his sister. After mastering the technique of mixing and blending break beats from Disco records to James Brown Records. He put his skills on display, the party was a huge success. This spawned more and more parties throughout the Bronx and the eventually the rest of the 5 Boroughs. While some may have issue with the claim of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue being the actual birthplace of Hip Hop,there’s no denying the importance of DJ Kool Herc. This was his building, he lived there and held his parties there.

          Today there are tours that’ll take you to this location http://www.hushtours.com and the tour guides will provide witness accounts of those early parties and give in depth insight to that era. While 1520 Sedgwick Avenue looks like it was one of NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) properties, it wasn’t. Instead it was privately owned, however the residents of the building were working class NY’kers. It was almost turned into a market rent building where the owner would be allowed to charge residents much higher rents. Which would have forced them to move out and 1520 Sedgwick Avenue would have lost it’s core. After a series of sales to multiple owners it finally wound up in the hands of HPD (Housing preservation Corporation) who provided a grant to keep the building affordable for the residents of this Hip-Hop Landmark.



Location: 1520 Sedgwick Avenue Bronx, NY

Then photo

1520 Sedgwick Avenue Bronx, NY circa. 1970's

1520 Sedgwick Avenue Bronx, NY circa. 1970’s

Now Photo

1520 Sedgwick Avenue Bronx, NY

1520 Sedgwick Avenue Bronx, NY


As a life long New Yorker By way of Brooklyn and an avid fan of the Hip Hop Culture this place is a must see. I like many NY’Kers take landmarks like this for granted. However, this is on my to do list for this year. I suggest you all do the same, whether through the tour www.hushtours.com or just simply by yourself. take a picture in front of the building, touch the brick & inhale the nostalgia of “THE BIRTHPLACE OF HIP-HOP” Huh!




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