MUSIC: Save Sedgwick

16 01 2008


To many music fans, 1520 Sedgwick Avenue is more recognizable than 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. While the latter address has done little for a distinct sect of the population, the former is the hip hop historical site – the General Sedgwick House in the Bronx.

In the summer of ’73, DJ Kool Herc threw a block party that started the musical phenomenon. Just over 30 years later, “the Birthplace of Hip Hop” became eligible to become a federal landmark.

 However, the building was recently sold to a developer who plans on removing it from the affordable housing program. This means rates will rise and tenants will either have to pony up more cash or face eviction. Now, the 1520 Sedgwick Tenant Association needs your help!

For more info on how to help, take the commute.

The Tenant Association has been working with the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) to raise funds to buy the building back. Money raised through fundraisers, government contributions, and donations have helped, but the group is still short a few million dollars.

According to the New York Daily News, the Association is calling “all the Queen Latifah’s and Will Smith’s” and others who have made millions off hip hop, to help.

If you would like to help, or would like more information, visit:




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