1520 Sedgwick Avenue is a 102-unit apartment building in the Morris Heights neighborhood in the Bronx, New York City. Recognized as a long-time "haven for working class families," in 2010 The New York Times reported that it is the accepted birthplace of hip hop. After a long period of neglect and shady dealings in the 1990s and 2000s the building has been "highlighted by elected officials and tenant advocates as an emblem of New York’s affordable housing crisis." Senator Charles E. Schumer called the building "the birthplace of predatory equity", and Representative José E. Serrano, speaking of the building's recent purchase, called it, "such a visible building."
On July 5, 2007, 1520 Sedgwick Avenue was recognized by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as the birthplace of hip hop.
Stuck in standstill traffic trying to get to Greenwich, Connecticut, Richie Finestra redirects Leo to his apartment in the Village. They pass through a neighborhood in the Bronx and Richie tells Leo to pull over when he hears a guy spinning two records for an impromptu dance party outside of an apartment building. His investigation is cut short when a pimp sticks a gun in the window and questions Richie's presence in the neighborhood. Another man, Lester Grimes, recognizes Richie, and while the two don't acknowledge their history, the man gets the pimp to let Richie and Leo go unharmed.