THE BRONX, NY (PIX11) – The Universal Hip Hop Museum is nearing completion.
Organizers celebrated the completion of the building’s structure on Wednesday. The museum is expected to be a cultural anchor in the Bronx, but there’s still a lot of work to do before it officially opens to the public.
“Today is a celebration just to really say thank you to all of the elected officials and supporters of this project because without their support this wouldn’t be happening,” said Rocky Bucano, Founder and Executive Director of the ‘Universal Hip-Hop Museum.
Millions of dollars have already been allocated for the project, but approximately $5 million in additional funding is needed to complete the interior. Officials say the institution will be a global tourist attraction honoring the birthplace of hip hop.
Former Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is now a member of the museum’s board of trustees.
“To the whole planet – if you listen to hip hop music, if you love hip hop, if you really want to celebrate the culture, if you really want to celebrate the pioneers – it’s time for you to help us by putting your all into it. money you can put into action so we can do another 50 years of hip hop,” Diaz said.
Pioneering beatboxer Doug E. Fresh also attended Wednesday’s ceremony. “Hip-hop has saved lives. Hip hop has changed lives. Hip hop has made a big difference in the world,” said Doug E. Fresh.
The museum will be over 50,000 square feet. Above, there will be more than 500 permanently affordable housing units overlooking the Harlem River. The waterfront development was once located on vacant land. The apartments are expected to be completed next year and the museum completed the following year in 2024.
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