EXPLORING THE HIP-HOP CULTURE: CELEBRITY-OWNED BUSINESSES IN NYC
Experience NYC's Hip-Hop Vibe: Delve into Eleven Urban Hotspots Buzzing with Creative Energy and Cultural Beats!
New York City Tourism + Conventions is your go-to source for all things NYC, and they're rolling out the red carpet to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop in its birthplace, the Big Apple. This global musical phenomenon, which has its roots in a legendary party hosted by DJ Kool Herc at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx on August 11, 1973, has now become an integral part of New York City's vibrant culture. In honor of this historic milestone, NYC Tourism proudly presents a hip-hop content hub at NYCtourism.com.
This hub is your gateway to an immersive experience of hip-hop across the five boroughs. Inside, you'll find an interactive map showcasing hip-hop hotspots, captivating interviews with local hip-hop aficionados, comprehensive guides on hip-hop's rich culture and history, top-rated restaurants, art murals, must-see neighborhoods, and the best hip-hop tours in the city. What's more, you'll discover a handpicked list of events and exhibitions commemorating this milestone across NYC.
Hip-hop has been woven into the very fabric of New York City's culture ever since its inception in the South Bronx during the 1970s. Over the past half-century, countless iconic hip-hop artists have risen from the city's five boroughs. These artists, not content with just leaving a mark in the music world, have ventured into businesses that pay homage to hip-hop culture. Here, we take you on a tour of some cafes and restaurants in the city, all founded by local musicians and ardent devotees of the hip-hop scene.
Coffee Uplifts People (CUP) - Address: 329 Gates Ave., Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
CUP is a vibrant café in Bed-Stuy, established in 2020 by radio host and entertainment personality Angela Yee and her business partners. The café offers a contemporary ambiance and a menu that seamlessly combines traditional breakfast pastries with diverse dishes from Brooklyn cultures.
Juices for Life - Address: 277 Malcolm X Blvd., Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
Founded in the Bronx by Styles P and Jadakiss of the rap group The Lox, this shop provides an array of smoothies, juices, and invigorating juice shots. Their mission is to promote overall wellness in underprivileged communities by encouraging healthier lifestyles.
Beatstro - Address: 135 Alexander Ave., Mott Haven, the Bronx
This uptown eatery pays homage to hip-hop culture, transporting patrons back to the streets of 1970s and 1980s New York City. Founded by locals, Beatstro offers a delectable fusion of American soul food and comforting Puerto Rican dishes.
Boogie Down Grind Café - Address: 868 Hunts Point Ave., Hunts Point, the Bronx
Established by South Bronx native Majora Carter, this café immerses visitors in hip-hop culture. The café's design, inspired by subway cars, has earned it the prestigious Alfresco NYC award. Live music and art events further amplify the talent in the area.
Up NYC - Addresses: Various locations in NYC
Owned by rapper Fat Joe, Up NYC is a haven for sneaker enthusiasts and fashion-conscious individuals, offering the latest limited releases and popular streetwear brands.
Stay Press’d - Address: 679 Classon Ave., Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Stay Press’d is a convenient grab-and-go spot in Crown Heights, offering an assortment of juices, smoothies, and wholesome fruit bowls. Co-founded by rapper Meechy Darko, the menu is inspired by an array of fruits.
Sweet Chick - Various locations across NYC
Partially owned by rapper Nas, Sweet Chick has gained widespread acclaim for its delectable combination of fried chicken and waffles. The menu also features pancakes, shrimp and grits, and mouthwatering breakfast sandwiches.
Killah Coffee Shop - Address: 828 Castleton Ave., West Brighton, Staten Island
Killah Koffee stands as one of the few black-owned businesses on Staten Island and is unique as the only coffee shop owned by a hip-hop artist. Rapper Ghostface Killah opened this establishment, offering premium Arabica coffee beans and an exclusive selection of branded merchandise.
Paint N Pour - Addresses: 53 Delancey St., Lower East Side, Manhattan; 2080 Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem, Manhattan
Paint N Pour, with locations in the Lower East Side and Harlem, offers a distinctive painting experience set to hip-hop music and innovative cocktails. Adorned with vibrant graffiti, the studios feature captivating murals of legendary musicians.
Bronx Native - Address: 127 Lincoln Ave., Mott Haven, the Bronx
Founded by Bronx natives Amaurys and Roselyn Grullon, this curated clothing and gift store offers a diverse selection of Bronx-themed apparel and accessories, allowing visitors to express their love for the BX.
Don't miss the chance to immerse yourself in the spirit and creativity of the hip-hop world in New York City. Explore a multitude of hip-hop events across the five boroughs or stay tuned for fresh content in the coming weeks. Delve into the authentic perspectives of local residents through in-depth guides on hip-hop culture and sneaker history. Keep exploring, and together, let's unearth the diversity and inspiration within the vibrant hip-hop scene of New York City. Happy exploring!
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