Following a Public Outcry, The Notorious B.I.G. Mural in Bed-Stuy Won’t Be Destroyed
Last week it was reported that the popular mural of Biggie, located on the corner of Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street in Bed-Stuy was going to be destroyed, after decorating the neighborhood for two years. The landlord who owns the apartment building which boasts the mural reportedly wanted to put in new windows, and therefore would remove the popular art piece in the process.
However, after negative press and a petition that garnered over 3,000 signatures, the landlord has abandoned the decision, and will allow the mural to stay. Spread Art NYC, the community Art organization that first reported that the mural was going to be destroyed, announced the decision on social media, as OkayPlayer reports.
"A very very special thanks to the landlords for recognizing the importance of Biggie in this neighborhood!" the organization said in an Instagram post, expressing their pleasure about the decision.
Among the key players in the public pressing to keep the mural in tact were T.I., who offered to donate thousands to make sure it wasn't destroyed, and the Brooklyn Nets who supported the mural in a tweet over the weekend. The Nets have been significant supporters in upholding the memory and legacy of Biggie. Earlier this year, in a tribute to the 20th anniversary of his untimely death in March 1997, Biggie’s 72 jersey was retired and raised to the rafters at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The banner, which was presented during the halftime break, features the lyrics to “Juicy”—”Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way”—serving as a prominent reminder to his influence in Brooklyn and the world.