Hip Hop Hall of Fame +Museum & Hotel Mega-Entertainment Complex Eyes Manhattan
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame
has released new renderings of the entertainment complex it plans to build in Manhattan — and it will not be a modest little museum.
Befitting a music genre known for homegrown artists like Jay Z and Run-D.M.C. that come up from the streets and hit the big time, it will be a glitzier destination, set to include not only a museum featuring wax figures of hip-hop pioneers among other attractions, but also a 5-star hotel, retail space, TV studios, a sports bar, restaurant and concert lounge. The goal is to reel in one million visitors annually, a new release says.
The organization behind the museum has narrowed its site selection to two unnamed choices in Manhattan in proximity to transportation hub areas where an estimated 20-plus million tourists and commuters pass by and travel annually. Its development team is looking for a development and investment strategic partner, but at this point it anticipates acquiring the site by 2017, with a projected museum opening in 2019-2020.
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame was established in 1992 by founder J.T. Thompson, who created and executive produced the first Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Induction Ceremony and Concert on the BET Cable Network in the 1990's as an annual fundraising catalyst for the establishment of a Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum in New York City.
He is using the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Museum as a model, since it also produced 20 years of awards shows before eventually opening the museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
The facility will produce permanent and part-time jobs, and also internships and community volunteer opportunities, with a goal to host up to 150-plus live events, shows, concerts, and educational programs annually for people of all ages.
Manhattan may be a safe central choice, given that Harlem, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx could all boast of being home to some of its biggest stars over the years. The Bronx is currently getting some love for its hip-hop history as the setting for the new Netflix series "The Get Down," which is film director Baz Luhrmann’s dramatized history of hip-hop’s origins in the Bronx where DJ pioneers including Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash were based.