A mural of The Notorious B.I.G. on the side of a Brooklyn brownstone near where the late rap legend grew up has been the topic of much discussion lately.
The landlord had planned to take down the art because he wanted to add windows to his rental units. The group Spread Art NYC offered Berkowitz $5000 to save the mural. But the landlord countered with $1250 a month, which Spread Art couldn't afford.
It was looking bleak for Biggie. But now it looks like the story is going to have a happy ending.
This evening, Spread Art's Instagram page reported a deal has been reached. While the terms weren't disclosed, they credited the neighborhood landlords, T.I., the Brooklyn Nets, 8th District Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio with making the deal happen.
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