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May 19, 2017

Brooklyn Landlord Threatens To Knock Down Famous NYC Biggie Mural [PHOTO]

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Brooklyn Landlord Threatens To Knock Down Famous NYC Biggie Mural [PHOTO]
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A Brooklyn landlord is looking to bring down one of the most iconic murals in New York City.
Helping keep the Notorious B.I.G.’s legacy alive on the corner of Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street is a huge, iconic mural paying homage to the late rapper.
Samuel Berkowitz who is the building’s landlord is planning renovations to the building, where he will also demolish the wall where the mural was created.
According to DNAInfo he responded:
“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.”
There is no final word on the status of the wall which reportedly secured permits for the work.
Spread Art NYC is linking up with artists Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui and Scott “Zimer” Zimmerman to try and raise the $1,200 a month to save the mural.
Check out the photo 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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