Afrika Bambaataa would like there to be a National Museum of Hip Hop. But there might be an ice rink instead. New York’s Economic Development Corporation is weighing proposals for what to do with the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx (pictured), and the National Museum of Hip-Hop is one aspect of a larger, mall-ish proposal called the Mercado Mirabo. We’re all just cogs in the machine. Happy Friday!

Here’s the full press release, which Vintage Vinyl News was kind enough to share:


THE BRONX, August 22, 2012 —Afrika Bambaataa, Bronx native and Hip Hop pioneer, has signed a letter-of-intent to help create a National Museum of Hip Hop in the Bronx’s landmark Kingsbridge Armory, not far from where Hip Hop culture originated, if Youngwoo & Associates, the group bidding to transform the Bronx’s Kingsbridge Armory into a market/food/recreation destination is selected as the developer by the NYC EDC.

The Armory’s been empty for nearly 20 years and, if YWA wins the bid, the project is expected to bring jobs and stimulate new businesses including low-cost space for start-ups.

Mercado Mirabo has pledges to collaborate with CJ CGV, the company offering the world’s first advanced 4D environmental effects bringing a sensory-immersive cinema experience to moviegoers. The theater at Mercado Mirabo would be the first in the nation to have the advanced 4D effects. Mercado Mirabo also has partnership agreements with Crunch Gym, The New York Gauchos basketball program and Brooklyn Boulders rock climbing gym and with international arts leaders Putumayo World Music, Pinta, and Grupo Ars.

Mr. Bambaataa is rounding up support from an alliance and team of other legendary Hip Hop pioneers and plans to meet with the Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. to champion the project.

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