Biggie’s 45th birthday is today and no one is ready to handle any upsetting news about his memory. Now we must face, while celebrating his memory, the fact that his mural may be destroyed this year.
If you’ve been to Brooklyn, it’s a must see and located on the corner of Quincey st. and Bedford Ave. It was created about two years ago and since has been a hotspot for tourists and locals alike.
That is why, according to the landlord, the historic art should be destroyed, it bothers the tenants. That’s not the only reason though. He wants to add windows to the building in order to increase prices for rent, another issue which is directly harming Brooklyn natives. He says, “Why should I keep it, 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.”
In an interview with DNA Info he said, “Why should I keep it, 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.”
An artist collective, Spread Art NYC, tried to save the piece by offering $5,000 in cash to Sam Berkowitz, but it was denied. Samuel made a counter offer of $1,250 per month to maintain the mural, knowing that was an expectation the group could not meet.
Spread Art posted on IG to keep everyone updated and captioned, “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.”
All hope isn’t completely lost though. Luckily, there is a petition going around, started byNia Raquelle, to try to save the artwork. (Click the link so you can sign in support!!) With already close to 2,500 signatures, there may be a chance to still save the mural!
What are your thoughts about the importance of this mural?