A mural dedicated to The Notorious B.I.G, aka Biggie Smalls or Biggie, will be taken down by the property’s landlord, Samuel Berkowitz. The mural was painted in 2015 on the side of the two-storey building located in Brooklyn, New York, where the late rapper hailed from.
According to Berkowitz, the mural had been the subject of complaints from tenants, particularly regarding the amount of tourists and fans that come to see it. The mural will be removed so that Berkowitz can carry out construction on his building, adding more windows to the wall that features the painting of Biggie.
Spread Art NYC, the art collective that represents the mural’s artists Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui and Scott “Zimer” Zimmerman, attempted to work out a deal with Berkowitz to keep the artwork and offered $5,000 to the landlord which was rejected and counter-offered by $1,250 per month. Spread Art NYC could not afford to accept Berkowitz’s offer, posting the sad news on their Instagram page.
A few updates on "king Of NY" Mural: we just want everyone to know that Spread Art NYC, your humble community Art organization has been working real hard to keep this mural up for the past year! Landlord always calls us and Claims that the neighbors are complaining about the mural and the crowds it attracts. About 4 months ago, he told us about the construction he will be doing which will damage the mural in the process. He will be opening Windows on the wall to increase rent profit by $500 according to them. Today Spread Art NYC offered $5000 (which we planned to gather from the community and the fans) not to open the windows. Unfortunately, that offer was declined and it was answered by a counteroffer of $1250 a month. At this point, there is nothing Spread Art NYC can do to save this mural. We will continue to serve our neighborhoods regardless!! Community is our goal, we like to give back and we thought A biggie mural at the corner of #bedfordandquincy was needed to keep the culture alive, to keep Brooklyn Alive. We always say, Brooklyn is Biggie and Biggie is Brooklyn. A landlord can NEVER change that! We want to thank everyone for the love! We promise, we GOT YOU!!!💪💯#spreadartnyc #20bigyears #bedstuy #bedfordstuyvesant #biggie #kingofny #livefrombedfordstuyvesant #spreadloveitsthebrooklynway
With no date set for the removal of the artwork, fans still have time to see the iconic mural of rap legend The Notorious B.I.G. right in the rapper’s native Brooklyn.