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The New York Observer: “Word Up! Hip-Hop’s Birthplace Gets New Mortgage on Life!”

The hallowed ground on which “b-boys” and “b-girls” first found their groove will be saved from (a non-allegorical) wrecking ball crew.

1520 Sedgwick Avenue in The Bronx is often referred to as “The Birthplace of Hip-Hop” owing to the musical sound that was pioneered by DJ Kool Herc (nee Clive Campbell) in the building’s recreation common room during the late 1970′s.  Mr. Campbell’s music influenced other progenitors of the hip-hop scene, including Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa, who made their way to the Morris Heights section of the Bronx to attend parties at 1520 Sedgwick, before bringing Mr. Campbell’s DJing style back to the more Southern boroughs.

Read more at the New York Observer.

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