Every year, the New York City Parks Foundation offers a series of events throughout the five boroughs of New York City in an effort to encourage and revitalize New York City public parks and their surrounding neighborhoods. City Parks Foundation focuses on “some of the city’s most underserved areas” and brings entertainment and other activities free of charge to communities who otherwise don’t get much attention.

This year, they’ve got a great line up of 11 Hip Hop artists performing, mostly in their home boroughs, ranging from the Sugar Hill Gang, Soulsonic Force and Slick Rick to KRS-One, DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock and Naughty by Nature.

To follow is a list of this summer’s Hip Hop performances, including dates, times and locations, sponsored by City Parks Foundation as listed on their website,

Soulsonic Force

Crotona Park, Bronx — July 8 at 7pm

MC Lyte

Von King Park, Brooklyn — July 9 at 7pm

Sugar Hill Gang

Queensbridge Park, Queens — July 14 at 7pm

Lovebug Starski

Queensbridge Park, Queens — July 21 at 7pm


Crotona Park, Bronx — July 22 at 7pm

Slick Rick

East River Park, Manhattan — July 23 at 7pm

Wayne Wonder

Brower Park, Brooklyn — July 29 at 7pm


Mahoney Playground, Staten Island — August 12 at 7pm

Tribute to the Classics: Black Moon and Smif n Wessun with Live Band

Brower Park, Brooklyn — August 12 at 7pm

DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock hosted by Danny Castro of Lyricist Lounge

Red Hook Park, Brooklyn — August 18 at 7pm

Naughty By Nature

Mahoney Playground, Staten Island — August 19 at 7pm

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