Biggie Smalls Mural in Bed Stuy Will Stay, Landlord Has Change of Heart

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Bed Stuy’s beloved mural of Biggie Smalls will not be coming down after all.

Last week, the arts organization that created it in 2015 reported the landlord intended to remove it for renovations — unless they paid him monthly rent of $1,250 to keep it in place at Bedford Avenue and Quincy, as we reported.

Now the landlord has had a change of heart and agreed to leave it, according to DNAinfo.

“To be honest, he just didn’t know how important Biggie is to Brooklyn,” one of the artists, Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui, told DNA. “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.” The landlord, Solomon Berkowitz, was not available for comment.

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

More than 3,000 people petitions formed in an attempt to landmark the mural.”

The mural, which overlooks 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.

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