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Biggie mural to remain in Brooklyn after landlord's change of heart

Ralph Bristout

 // May 23, 2017

Call it a change of heart.

On Monday, it was reported that a two-story mural in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, specifically Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street, that depicts an iconic photo of the Notorious B.I.G. wearing a crown would be destroyed soon. The art piece has been a local attraction since it was painted in 2015, but the landlord of the property said he planned to remove it in order to add windows to the building.

Well, all of that has since settled as local activists have reached an agreement with the landlord to keep the mural created by Spread Art NYC.

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As reported, a spokesperson with Spread Art NYC said an agreement had been reached with the landlord, Samuel Berkowitz, and the mural will remain. “He is such a nice and giving person. We want everyone to thank him for keeping the Biggie mural,” Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui of Spread Art NYC told PIX11. “He didn’t realize who Biggie was and how important Biggie is to Brooklyn.”

There was a petition calling for it to be landmarked last week, which spiked calls to the artists, Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui and Scott “Zimer” Zimmerman, from people asking how they could help.

In the words of Biggie, this is all a classic act of spreading love the Brooklyn way.

Check out our interview with the artist behind the famous Biggie mural above.

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