Bronxlandia

Hunts Point, Bronx

Credit: Studio V Architects (rendering)

Broxlandia’s building was designed in 1908 by Cass Gilbert as a train station and ceased rail service in 1937. The building’s grand hall, with a seventeen-foot-high arched ceiling, was subdivided into storefronts with 2nd floors over the years. The building was not treated well during these modifications, and the economic decline of the 1970s-90s saw continued degradation. Local economic revitalization strategist and MacArthur Fellow Majora Carter acquired the building and commenced interior demolition in 2020, bringing the building into its current state. She has hired Studio V architects for the full rehab which should commence by the end of the year. Bronxlandia currently serves as an event venue showcasing local musical artists and other innovative community programming. Bronxlandia management will serve as tour guides and share the history of the site and planned renovations. More intrepid visitors can climb the ladders above the vaulted ceiling to see one of the country’s earliest examples of steel-reinforced concrete construction. There will be images from the archives, interior demolition, and recent programming on view. Visitors are encouraged to check out the neighboring Boogie Down Grind Café at 868 Hunts Point Avenue to see photos, signage, and other artifacts from the area as well as the nightclub that occupied the building in the 1970s-80s.  

Broxlandia’s building was designed in 1908 by Cass Gilbert as a train station and ceased rail service in 1937. The building’s grand hall, with a seventeen-foot-high arched ceiling, was subdivided into storefronts with 2nd floors over the years. The building was not treated well during these modifications, and the economic decline of the 1970s-90s saw continued degradation. Local economic revitalization strategist and MacArthur Fellow Majora Carter acquired the building and commenced interior demolition in 2020, bringing the building into its current state. She has hired Studio V architects for the full rehab which should commence by the end of the year.

Bronxlandia currently serves as an event venue showcasing local musical artists and other innovative community programming. Bronxlandia management will serve as tour guides and share the history of the site and planned renovations. More intrepid visitors can climb the ladders above the vaulted ceiling to see one of the country’s earliest examples of steel-reinforced concrete construction. There will be images from the archives, interior demolition, and recent programming on view. Visitors are encouraged to check out the neighboring Boogie Down Grind Café at 868 Hunts Point Avenue to see photos, signage, and other artifacts from the area as well as the nightclub that occupied the building in the 1970s-80s.  

Wear comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting a bit dirty.

50th Anniversary of Hip Hop Series This experience is spotlighted in our 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop Series, which celebrates the birth of Hip Hop in the Bronx and its meteoric rise to become a global phenomenon. On August 11, 1973, Hip Hop was born at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue. Working two turntables, DJ Kool Herc began playing break-beats on a continuous loop, rapping with the rhythm of the extended instrumental beat and encouraging the audience to break dance. At a time when economic depression and public disinvestment plagued New York’s Black and Brown neighborhoods, Hip Hop represented a flourishing, socially conscious cultural movement—encompassing music, dance, fashion, and the visual arts—imprinting our city's physical fabric. DJs, MCs, break dancers, and graffiti artists spread out from the Bronx, across the five boroughs, around the country and globally. The 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop series offers perspectives on the place-based impacts of this cultural movement and highlights the stories behind these places. 

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910 Hunts Point Ave
Bronx, NY 10474