Ex-tenant DJ Kool Herc's parties in the building's rec room were hip-hop's Big Bang...
The Bronx address is now eligible for the State and National Register of Historic Places and could even, despite its tender age, squeak by as a National Historic Landmark.
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Not sure I understand why a guy hosting hip hop parties in the 1970s makes this building eligible for listing on the national register. Over in Queens, many historical buildings have failed to "meet the eligibility criteria," meaning that they were found to not be "associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad pattern of our history" or disqualified for some other stupid reason. A Richard Upjohn church, a theater connected to the 1939 World's Fair? These things shouldn't be preserved in their twisted way of thinking.
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...to be eligible for the National Register, a building normally has to be at least 50 years old. The Sedgwick building falls short of that by 12 years. Exceptions are made for extraordinary cultural significance.
“It is complicated when you try to preserve some other feature of a building besides its architecture,” said Lisa Kersavage, a preservationist at the Municipal Art Society of New York. “But this is a very important cultural touchstone for New York, and awareness should be raised.”
(Of course, Municipal Art Society is thrilled with the Bronx designation.)
Photo from Chron.com