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Biggie Smalls’ mural in Brooklyn may soon vanish


A two-year-old mural depicting the Notorious B.I.G in Bed-Stuy, New York is scheduled to be removed, according to the landlord of the property Samuel Berkowitz, who has plans to renovate the entire building.

The two-story mural located at the corner of Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street has become a staple for the local community and has attracted thousand of tourists and hip-hop enthusiasts since its unveiling.

In a recent telephone interview conducted by on Thursday, Berkowitz told the media outlet he saw no reason to keep the mural.

During the interview, he made it clear he’s not here for a debate: “I don’t even see the point of the discussion. I could demolish the building if I wanted to, I don’t need no permission from anyone except the DOB.”

Many believe, this move confirms that gentrification is alive and well. The late Brooklyn rapper is native to the area and the mural serves to keep his legacy alive, but not for long. Berkowitz has secured permits in March for the work, which includes a gut renovation of the second floor and the addition of two windows to the wall with the mural, the outlet also details.

In an Instagram post by Spread Art NYC, a collective affiliated with the mural’s artists Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui and Scott “Zimer” Zimmerman, the group said Berkowitz had offered to keep the mural up in exchange for a hefty fee of $1,200 a month, but said the collective would be unable to keep up the cost.

Stay tuned for more as the story unfolds.



  1. Arbitr^rY^[email protected] on May 19, 2017 at 11:57 am

    …blame puffy for that

  2. Mason Youngblood on May 19, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    $1200 a month?? Biggie is not living IN the fuggin building…ridiculous.

  3. T. on May 20, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Give me a break. That mural is two years old. It’s not created by Brooklyn natives. No one involved with that mural was in Brooklyn when Biggie was alive. It’s a product of gentrification itself. Gentrifier artists move in, displace the real people from the hood, people who actually come from the same background as Biggie, and the first thing they do is create some BS Biggie murals or Biggie art installations in a new gallery or sell some t-shirts our of their bar or cafe with Biggie phrases on it.

    That mural WAS gentrification I doubt a single real Brooklynite or even Black person was involved in making it, certainly none of the pregentrification Bed-Stuy locals. I hate when gentrifiers, once they become victims themselves, co opt the gentrification narrative.

    It’s a two year old mural created by some transplant nonblack gentrifiers being removed due to further gentrification. Who cares? I’m more interested in the thousands of poor and blue collar actual black People displaced before that mural ever went up. People who may have actually actually known and grew up with Biggie

  4. TheDOTKU on May 20, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    He said “demolish”, your gonna see a cover go on and brick by brick those bricks removed and replaced and some Arab guy has it as art in his place a month later. He didn’t want a new one, he wants the original. Most Epic Swag. ;D