As the late Notorious B.I.G.’s legacy grows with his music and talent, he has been honored with his own basketball court near his home in Brooklyn, New York.
Yesterday (Aug. 2), the New York City Parks Department unveiled the newly-named Christopher “Biggie” Wallace Courts in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, replacing the former Crispus Attucks Playground.
According to New York Daily News, Councilman Robert Cornegy was in favor of the park being renamed despite push back. “The feeling is surreal,” he said during the ribbon cutting ceremony. Also in attendance, was Biggie’s mother, Violetta Wallace, his friend Lil Cease and the rapper’s former DJ Mister Cee.
“If you were to tell Biggie that he was getting basketball courts named after him he would have laughed,” Lil Cease told NYDN. “He was just a funny dude, always laughing.”
B.I.G.’s daughter, T’yanna Wallace, was overjoyed by the honor to her late father. “I’m so grateful for this,” she said. “I’m proud of him. We’re all proud of him.”
It took the Parks Department five years to convert the playground into Christopher “Biggie” Wallace Courts with renovations reportedly costing $2.5 million. The courts includes an improved handball courts and new playground equipment over a redone safety surface.
In addition to the renaming ceremony, on Saturday (Aug. 5), there be an annual basketball tournament that will honor Biggie as well.
Thanks to the Shade Room for this Instagram video of the ribbon cutting.
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