Thanks to the power of community, the Bed-Stuy Biggie mural will continue to shine on Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street.
Last week, the mural made headlines when the owner of the building its displayed on revealed plans to destroy it, or as he put it— “prepared to renovate.” When the collective Spread Art NYC attempted to communicate with landlord Samuel Berkowitz to stop the destruction, they were met with a charge of $1250 a month they couldn’t afford to pay.
When news of the incident got around, notable people offered to help save the Notorious B.I.G. likeness, including T.I., New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, and the Brooklyn Nets.
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
Sources say that Berkowitz agreed to keep the mural up for free after meeting with the group. While the details of the agreement haven’t been released to the public, Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui, one of the artists involved in the creation of the mural praised the landlord.
“He is such a nice and giving person,” Alaoui said. “We want everyone to thank him for keeping the Biggie mural. He didn’t realize who Biggie was and how important Biggie is to Brooklyn.”
We’re still giving Berkowitz the mean side eye, but we’re glad the King of N.Y. will still reign in B.K.