Brooklyn still loves B.I.G. and has saved an important mural to the neighborhood.
One week after a landlord (Samuel Berkowitz) revealed his plans to have Brooklyn’s famous Notorious B.I.G. mural removed from his building, the people have spoken and the mural is here to stay.
The difficult task of saving the popular mural began with Brooklyn residents, who learned about the landlord’s plan to remove the mural, which has been a staple of the neighborhood since it was painted some two years ago. According to Berkowitz, his complaint about the mural’s popularity lead to a constant stream of folks coming by to pay homage to the late rap superstar, giving him a reason to remove it.
When Berkowitz revealed his plans, Brooklyn’s Nia Raquelle started a petition (click here to read) to keep the mural where she and many other residents believe it belonged. The petition received over 3,500 signatures.
The petition, in conjunction with what was undoubtedly some negative attention from media outlets, apparently led to Berkowitz deciding against removing the mural.
Spread Art NYC, which is the arts organization that first reported the famous Biggie mural was in trouble, reported the news through their social media accounts today (May 23).
Thank you Brooklyn! And a very very special thanks to the landlords for recognizing the importance of Biggie in this neighborhood! First we would like to thank both the Mayor's and congressman Jeffries offices for reaching out and offering all kinds of support to keep this iconic mural where it is! We also would like to thank every single local organization for coming forward with their resources . We would like to thank all the companies for offering financial support. ATLANTA has got so much love for Biggie! Thank you TI @troubleman31 for having your team contact us on a daily basis to get the updates. Special thanks to Mr. Guevara from @brooklynnets for the daily phone calls to make sure we get all the needed resources. We would like to thank all of you who have stood besides us! PLEASE if you see the landlords, THANK them for this generous gift to our community!! ! Happy Belated Birthday, King!!! 🎂@tyanna810 @cjordanwallace @therealfaithevans #spreadloveitsthebrooklynway #spreadartnyc #bedfordandquincy #20bigyears #biggiemural #biggie #biggiesmalls
It’s now been over 20 years since The Notorious B.I.G.’s untimely death, and what would have been the rapper’s birthday 45th birthday has just passed. The preservation of Brooklyn’s Biggie mural stands as a huge W for rap fans everywhere.