The people of Brooklyn caused quite the uproar when landlord Samuel Berkowitz stated that he planned on destroying the mural of the Notorious B.I.G. that stands on Bedford and Quincy in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn. Berkowitz claimed the steady stream of people who would come to the mural to pay homage was his reason for wanting to remove it. He told the mural creator’s Spread Art NYC that they would have to pay $1250 a month in rent in order for the mural to stay.
The backlash began after Spread Art NYC reported the mural was under threat of destruction, and it continued to grow thanks to online news outlets and the voices of the people who hold Biggie in a special place in their hearts and minds. A petition began which gained over 3500 signatures in support of keeping the mural intact. The support of T.I and the Brooklyn Nets also assisted the movement.
“Thank you Brooklyn! And a very very special thanks to the landlords for recognizing the importance of Biggie in this neighborhood!” said the caption of Spread Art NYC’s post after the announcement of the mural being saved.
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