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Hip-hop museum and affordable housing complex to rise in the South Bronx

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The proposal for Bronx Point includes the Universal Hip-Hop Museum and a waterfront park. (Courtesy S9 Architecture)
The proposal for Bronx Point includes the Universal Hip-Hop Museum and a waterfront park. (Courtesy S9 Architecture)

Last Friday, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), along with the Departments of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and Parks and Recreation (DPR), announced a massive new project in the South Bronx spearheaded by L+M Development Partners.

Dubbed Bronx Point, the project is located on city-owned land on the waterfront of the Harlem River, and will include about 600 units of affordable housing in phase one (1,045 units total) as well as the nation’s first brick-and-mortar hip-hop museum, officially called the Universal Hip Hop Museum.

Among the founding members of the museum are recording legends Kurtis Blow and Rocky Bucano; its cultural ambassadors include Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, LL Cool J, and many other recognizable names. Law and Order: SVU’s Ice T is on the board of directors.

Executive Director Rocky Bucano said the museum’s goal was to bring “hip-hop back to the Bronx where it originated from […] it’s gonna be a complete history of hip-hop.”

The site of Bronx Point is located adjacent to the 149th Street corridor, making it very transit-accessible. Additional plans for the property include a public multiplex theater, a waterfront esplanade extending to Mill Pond Park, an outdoor performance space, an incubator for small food vendors, and educational spaces in partnership with established organizations like Billion Oyster Project, City Science, and BronxWorks.

The project is projected to produce over 100 new jobs (and 915 temporary jobs during its construction) during phase one alone. It also aims to incorporate sustainable building practices for LEED Gold certification.

Once approved, phase one is slated for completion in 2022. The proposal for Bronx Point has entered the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) with the support of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Community Board 4 District Manager Paul A. Philps, and the City Planning Commission … not to mention Detective Tutuola.

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