Hip-hop legend lends needed hand for Morris Heights building

A Bronx apartment building considered the birthplace of hip hop has a whole new look.

Now, it’s a poster child for the push to preserve affordable housing.

Residents of the Morris Heights building where DJ Kool Herc worked the turntables at the world’s first hip-hop party in 1973 celebrated the completion of a full-scale, $16.8-million renovation project Friday.

The project has been in the making for much longer than the two years it took to complete. It required the involvement of numerous city agencies, and a developer that was committed to keeping the building affordable.

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