The famed Notorious B.I.G.'s mural on the side of a Bed-Stuy building is being destroyed by the building's owner.
Since the painting was done in 2015, it's attracted countless amounts of tourists and hip hop figures. Apparently the landlord, Samuel Berkowitz, says that it's going to be removed because he wants to add more windows. In a phone interview with DNAINfo, Berkowitz further spoke about why he's made such a decision.
"Let me rephrase the question: Why should I keep it?” he said. “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.”
Berkowitz refused to make anymore comments. The exact time that the mural will be gone isn't known yet. But, he's already gotten permits back in March for it to be done. Some people who are upset about this change say that they believe gentrification is playing a major role in this. Are some new residents of Bed-Stuy not happy with seeing a giant portrait of the late rapper, who would've turned 45 this Sunday (May 21)?
The mural's creators Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui and Scott "Zimer" Zimmerman admitted that the landlord offered to keep it up for a fee of $1250 a month. But, they can't afford that cost.
Take a look at the painting below.
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
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