Bed Stuy Celebrates Biggie Smalls Day [Video]

Photo by Cate Corcoran


Bed Stuy celebrated the birthday of rap legend Biggie Smalls, aka Christopher Wallace, with a party Saturday on the corner of Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street. DJs 50Gran, G-Dub and Fishfire played a wide variety of classic rap artists, while the crowd — several dozen at any one time — danced and mouthed the lyrics.

Saturday was officially declared “Christopher ‘The Notorious B.I.G.’ Wallace Day” by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams Thursday.

Born Christopher Wallace in 1972, he was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in 1997. He would have been 44 years old Saturday.


The mural over the DJ tent on the side of the bodega on the corner was created by artists Naoufal Alaoui and Scott Zimmerman with the help of art nonprofit Spread Art NYC in 2015. A small sign posted next to it prohibits gatherings and recordings.

From the looks of it, the corner of Bedford and Quincy — a Biggie Smalls hangout back in the day — is the same Brooklyn street corner where he’s rapping on a famous video from the ’90s, below.

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