Last week, it was being reported that a mural of The Notorious B.I.G.— which is painted on the side of an apartment building on the corner of Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street in Bed-Stuy — was going to being destroyed by the building’s landlord. The reason? The landlord, Samuel Berkowitz, wanted to insert windows so he could raise the rent of units.
Now, after a week of mostly negative press and a petition that gathered more than 3,000 signatures, it looks like the Biggie Mural will be here to stay.
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
Happy to report the mural is staying! Thx to building landlord & Brooklyn community for uniting to preserve this important piece of art pic.twitter.com/Kr9Cb4aNvM
— Spread Art NYC (@spreadartnyc) May 22, 2017
Reading the IG post, you can see the number of the entities that got together to make sure the Biggie Mural didn’t get destroyed. This includes T.I., who earlier in the week offered thousands to make sure that the mural wouldn’t be destroyed, to the Brooklyn Nets, who publicly supported the mural on Twitter over the weekend:
We are stepping in and working with @spreadartnyc and other NYC leaders to help see that it stays.
Spread love. It’s the Brooklyn way. pic.twitter.com/8T2sZoEiU4
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) May 21, 2017
The mural has been an imporant part of Bed-Stuy ever since it was painted two years ago.