There is an ongoing battle in the Bronx to save 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, the housing project known for giving birth to hip hop back in 1973. In August 1973, Kool Herc, known as the founder of hip hop, threw what was to be the first hip hop house party in history. Scholars, musicians, and the media now 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.
The owner plans to remove the building from its affordable housing program and hand it over to private investors for market rate housing. DJ Kool Herc and Senator Charles Schumer have stepped in to help residents take control and preserve the property as a national cultural landmark, but they need your help in saving what is affectionately known as Sedgwick & Cedar.
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