NYC: “Bronx hip hop icons celebrate borough’s cultural heritage, highlighting its musical significance and world-famous zoo”

They brought the real Bronx cheer.

Hip hop icons joined other Bronx-born notables and the Wildlife Conservation Society this week to highlight several hallmark features of the borough’s cultural heritage.

Among those: Its status as the birthplace of hip hop, and its internationally known zoo.

“The Bronx is so diverse culturally,” Bronxite and hip hop pioneer Curtis (Grandmaster Caz) Fisher of the Cold Crush Brothers told the Daily News. “With all races, colors, creeds and religions. We all met at the zoo — that’s one thing that we all had in common.”

In upcoming months, the zoo will have unique pieces of art on display, integrated with wildlife and conservation — plus breakdancing classes and doo-wop, hopscotch and rhyming performances, and more.

The events slated to roll out this spring are part of the Boogie Down at the Bronx Zoo campaign, created to honor the borough’s rich culture as well as the multitude of folks — and species — who call it home.

To kick it all off, several iconic borough figures got together in a garage on Bruckner Blvd., where they watched famed graffiti artist John (Crash) Matos tag up a classic 1980s taxi.



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