Mott Haven hip-hop museum looks forward to foot traffic following 5-month closure

Many museums across New York City opened their doors to visitors for the first time since the pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Aug 24, 2020, 11:29 PM

Updated 1,372 days ago

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Many museums across New York City opened their doors to visitors for the first time since the pandemic.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says they can open with 25% occupancy and with other safety procedures in place.
The Universal Hip Hop Museum in Mott Haven is looking forward to foot traffic again after its five-month closure.
This time, it has safety protocols in place, like the new temperature scanner it is installing.
"It basically scans people as they walk through for COVID-19-related symptoms, so if people walk through and the equipment detects a COVID-19-related symptom, it will give them a digital printout that will give them a red dot on it," says Rocky Bucano, executive director of the museum.
The museum's occupancy dropped from 70 to 20 people, and tickets will need to be reserved ahead of time.
Visitors have about a 60-minute window inside the exhibit.
Despite all the new precautions, the museum is just glad to be opening again.
"Museums provide a very important cultural service to the community," says Bucano.
The COVID-19 shutdown put a halt on construction for its brand-new museum coming to Bronx Point - it is hoping it will start back up in the fall.
Its Early Days of Commercial Hip Hop exhibit is at the Bronx Terminal Market for now.
 


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