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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop in New York City

New York City, the birthplace of hip-hop, is gearing up to celebrate the monumental 50th anniversary of this groundbreaking cultural movement.

From a block party in hip-hop’s hometown, the Bronx, to must-see murals, this guide will lead you through a journey of hip-hop history. Join us as we explore the best ways to celebrate and commemorate 50 years of hip-hop.

Invitation to Hip Hop's 50th Bday Block Party hosted by The Universal Hip Hop Museum

The Cradle of Hip Hop

1520 Sedgwick Ave, Bronx, NY, map

In 1973, DJ Kool Herc hosted a legendary party at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, where he introduced a revolutionary DJing technique that birthed hip-hop. Stop by and pay homage or join a Hush Hip Hop Tour for an in-depth intro to the cradle of hip hop.

Bronx Walk of Fame: Hip Hop Boulevard

Grand Concourse between 161st and 167th Streets, Bronx, NY, map

The Bronx Walk of Fame, also known as Hip Hop Boulevard, pays tribute to hip-hop pioneers with street signs bearing their names. Walk this stretch of the Grand Concourse and take photos with the signs of the artists and DJs who contributed to hip-hop's evolution.

Legendary Brooklyn

1. Christopher Wallace Way (Biggie Smalls Street)

Intersection of St. James Place and Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, map

2. Brooklyn Public Library

Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY, map

Christopher Wallace, famously known as Biggie Smalls or The Notorious B.I.G., was a Brooklyn-born rapper who left an indelible mark on hip-hop. The street where he grew up was renamed in his honor to celebrate his impact on the genre. While in the area, make sure to check out his mural at 1093 Bedford Ave.

Afterwards check out The Book of HOV exhibit at the Brooklyn Public Library which explores Jay-Z's journey from a young rapper to a global music icon and entrepreneur. It is a free one-of-a-kind immersive experience with never-before-seen images, art and ephemera from the Jay-Z’s archives. Pro-tip: check the library's calendar for special Hip-Hop events/activities all month long.

Harlem Hip Hop

104 Malcolm X Blvd, Harlem, NY, map

Harlem played a pivotal role in hip-hop's growth, with early block parties and community events shaping the genre. Artists like DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash were part of the uptown movement. Explore Harlem's cultural landmarks with the Harlem Heritage Hip Hop Multimedia Tour.

Staten Island’s Greatest Gift

Wu-Tang Clan District

Intersection of Vanderbilt Ave and Targee St, Staten Island, NY, map

The Wu-Tang Clan, a trailblazing rap collective from Staten Island, achieved global fame with their distinctive sound. Visit the intersection that was named in honor of their influence on hip-hop culture.

Limited Edition

Queens Public Library, various locations

Queens Public Library is getting in on the 50th anniversary action with a special edition Hip Hop card available for free for all New York residents ($50 for out of state).

Limited edition purple queens hip hop style library card

Ain’t No Party Like an East Coast Party 😉

Various Locations

Ahead of their 2024 opening, The Universal Hip Hop Museum is hosting a grand block party event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. But they're not the only one's gettin' down. Check out some of the other events celebrating hip-hop's birthday now live on our events calendar.

As you celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop in New York City make sure to immerse yourself in the history, connect with local artists, and embrace the dynamic energy that continues to shape the genre. Attend events, visit museums, and explore neighborhoods to fully experience the evolution of hip-hop in the very places where it all began.

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