The Notorious B.I.G. Officially Gets His Own Playground in Brooklyn

Christopher “Biggie” Wallace Courts.

It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

On Wednesday afternoon, the basketball courts at the Crispus Attucks playground was officially renamed after the legendary Brooklyn rapper The Notorious B.I.G.

READ: Notorious BIG Will Be Immortalized With A Statue In Brooklyn

There was a ribbon cutting ceremony in the park, which is in Bedford-Stuyvesant, literally down the block from where Biggie grew up. At the ceremony was T’yanna Wallace, B.I.G.’s daughter, friend Lil Cease, and Councilman Robert Cornegy, who, for years has been trying to get Biggie memorialized in Brooklyn. (In 2013, Cornegy lead a failed effort to change the name of a corner in BK “Christopher Wallace Way.”)

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Cornegy once made a promise to Voletta Wallace, Biggie’s mother, that he would get her son memorialized in BK. And he did.

In a statement, Cornegy said:

“This community is under siege, as it relates to gentrification. I don’t care who lives here, you come in this park, you’re gonna have to know who Biggie Smalls was.”

What makes this even cooler is that there is also $2.5 million in playground renovations taking place. This includes improvements to the handball courts, new playground equipment, new stairs and, improved landscaping.

Stroll down to see footage from the ceremony.

Dimas Sanfiorenzo

Dimas Sanfiorenzo is the Managing Editor for Okayplayer. He specializes in coverage centered around music, pop culture, and politics. Email:

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