Hip-hop's birthplace celebrated with special tours to mark anniversary

Urban Park Rangers commemorated the special day by taking group tours on a walk down memory lane at Cedar Playground.

News 12 Staff

Aug 11, 2019, 9:43 PM

Updated 1,717 days ago

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It's no secret that the Bronx is the birthplace of hip-hop, and Saturday marked the official day that the genre came to life over four decades ago.
It was 46 years to the day that the underground hip-hop movement began when an over-crowding situation led a party to relocate to Cedar Playground, where there was enough room for everyone to dance and enjoy the music.
"In 1973, that was when Kool Herk had a party at 1527 Sedgwick Ave. in the community room and from that,, it started what we now know as hip-hop," says cultural advocate Leroy McCarthy. "And so we are celebrating that development of art and culture and music, and today is a special day for everybody who loves hip-hop."
Urban Park Rangers commemorated the special day by taking group tours on a walk down memory lane at Cedar Playground.


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