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Friday, October 13, 2017

Universal Hip Hop Museum vs. Hip Hop Hall of Fame

Two separate organizations are are competing to be the first hip hop museum. This news is one month after the Universal Hip Hop Museum announced its will be in a new Bronx affordable housing complex, Bronx Point.
The competition, Hip Hop Hall of Fame, announced last summer that it was close to choosing a site at 125th Street build the Hall of Fame, along with a hotel, and shops.
Now both organizations are competing to be the first to open as both are claiming to be the city’s first hip hop museum. 
The Universal Hip Hop Museum, has a ton of city backing. It’s located on a site that was identified for development by the city’s Economic Development Corporation, and it has the backing of the local community board, the Bronx Borough President, and the City Planning Commission. However, it is still going through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), and needs final approval from the City Council.
The Hall of Fame hasn’t actually finalized a deal on its space. The founder of the organization told DNAinfo that they are in final negotiations on a plot of land, and are hoping to close by the end of the year.
If everything does fall in place, the Hall of Fame certainly does have a shorter construction timeline. They hope to break ground at the end of next year, and open in late 2020 or early 2021. The Universal Hip Hop Museum however won’t open until 2022.
I guess only time will tell who will be the first to open.  Either way, two great additions for the city as well as the African American culture....

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