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Biggie mural in Bed-Stuy to be destroyed

Biggie Mural in Bed-Stuy
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A 38-foot high, two story mural of Brooklyn’s finest, The Notorious B.I.G., will be destroyed if the owner of the building it’s painted on follows through with his plans to renovate and add windows. The mural was painted in 2015 by Spread Art NYC artists Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui and Scott “Zimer” Zimmerman at the intersection of Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street, a place that was a hangout of Biggie’s, according to Rocko. It has since drawn hip hop fans and tourists.

DNAInfo spoke with building landlord Samuel Berkowitz about the mural’s impending removal:

“Let me rephrase the question: Why should I keep it?” he said. “I don’t even see the point of the discussion. I could demolish the building if I wanted to, I don’t need no permission from anyone except the DOB.”

After turning down a $5000 offer from Spread Art NYC to preserve the mural, Berkowitz asked the collective for $1250 per month to keep it up.

A few updates on "king Of NY" Mural: we just want everyone to know that Spread Art NYC, your humble community Art organization has been working real hard to keep this mural up for the past year! Landlord always calls us and Claims that the neighbors are complaining about the mural and the crowds it attracts. About 4 months ago, he told us about the construction he will be doing which will damage the mural in the process. He will be opening Windows on the wall to increase rent profit by $500 according to them. Today Spread Art NYC offered $5000 (which we planned to gather from the community and the fans) not to open the windows. Unfortunately, that offer was declined and it was answered by a counteroffer of $1250 a month. At this point, there is nothing Spread Art NYC can do to save this mural. We will continue to serve our neighborhoods regardless!! Community is our goal, we like to give back and we thought A biggie mural at the corner of #bedfordandquincy was needed to keep the culture alive, to keep Brooklyn Alive. We always say, Brooklyn is Biggie and Biggie is Brooklyn. A landlord can NEVER change that! We want to thank everyone for the love! We promise, we GOT YOU!!!#spreadartnyc #20bigyears #bedstuy #bedfordstuyvesant #biggie #kingofny #livefrombedfordstuyvesant #spreadloveitsthebrooklynway

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There is also a petition on change.org trying to save the mural by making it into a landmark.

The 20 year anniversary of Biggie’s death passed in March. Among the many tributes, Brooklyn congressman Hakeem Jeffries recited Biggie lyrics on the House floor.

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