Biggie Smalls Mural in Bed Stuy May Come Down as Landlord Looks to Renovate

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A mural of a famous son of Brooklyn is set to be destroyed as the building on which it’s painted is prepping for renovation.

The mural of Biggie Smalls that stands over the corner of Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street will come down because the landlord wants to install new windows, according to a report from DNAinfo.

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The mural, which went up in 2015 over a corner where Christopher Wallace once rapped, has become something of a shrine to the late rapper and the focus of yearly celebrations commemorating his birthday and the anniversary of death.

The landlord offered to preserve the mural in exchange for $1,250 a month rent from the arts organization that created it, according to an Instagram post from the group.

The renovation can be seen as a symbol of gentrification in a changing Bed Stuy.

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