Biggie mural in Bed-Stuy has been saved, will not be destroyed
Earlier this month it was reported that a mural of The Notorious B.I.G. on a building at Bedford Ave and Quincy St in Bed-Stuy would be destroyed due to the building owner’s plans to renovate the building and add windows. The landlord, Samuel Berkowitz, had turned down an offer of $5,000 from the mural’s painters Spread Art NYC to preserve the mural, and he asked them for $1,250 to keep it up. Now, Berkowitz has had a change of heart.
Spread Art NYC’s Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui told DNAinfo, “To be honest, [Berkowitz] just didn’t know how important Biggie is to Brooklyn. He’s not a bad guy. A lot of people offered to help financially, but he said he don’t need the money, just the respect of his neighbors.”
Here’s more from Spread Art NYC:
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