dreamstime_xxl_33755486New York City has alway been a destination for music lovers, be it Broadway of the 20’s or Greenwich Village of the 1950’s and 60’s. The sweet sounds emanating from the sublime CBGB’s, the Roseland Ballroom with it’s early swing and the ubiquitous Carnegie Hall. New York City is one of the premier destinations in the world to see live music, and struggling musicians can be seen playing around the city, hoping for the next big break. The best way to experience the best that NYC has to offer, as far as music is concerned, is to stay in the finest hotel near Times Square: Hotel Five44.

Birth of Hip-Hop

The timeline of music in America can be explored in NYC; part time capsule, part time machine, no matter what you are looking for can be found. The birthplace of hip-hop and rap is considered to be in the Bronx at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, an almost unprecedented piece of history that is possible to visit. DJ’s such as Run DMC, KRS-One, the Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z,  and many more impresarios of rhyme have roots right here in the Big Apple. They were the ones who brought the East Coast Style to the rest of the world. You can see their legacy living on in current and underground hip-hop acts performing at venues all over the city.  


Punk Rock is as culturally significant as hip-hop because both of those styles of music formed the basis of a subculture. (Subculture in NYC is a whole other, fascinating, topic.) Punk Rock rose to prominence in the early 1970’s in New York City with bands like Television, Patti Smith and the Ramones. the punk scene in NYC influenced the world. If you are a music lover, a trip to New York City is an essential bucket list destination. We would love to see you at Hotel Five44 for a comfortable, elegant experience. Call for reservations today!