After many contributions from social media activists, protestors, and New Yorkers, the Notorious B.I.G. mural will not be destroyed and is here to stay in the Big Apple. A week ago, it was said that landlord, Samuel Berkowitz was set out to destroy Brooklyn’s most famous mural. Brooklyn residents were outraged and executed a plan of action against the landlord’s wishes.
According to Berkowitz, his request for the mural’s removal was due to a large number of following it brought upon the neighborhood for the past two years of the painting’s existence. The mural’s popularity drew a lot of people in and the landlord felt he had the right to request the removal. When the news of a possible removal got out, Brooklyn’s Nia Raquelle began a petition that fought for the continuance existence of the mural. In such a small amount of time, the petition gained over 3,500 signatures in support of keeping Biggie’s image alive in New York.
In combination with social media and the ongoing petition, Berkowitz received backlash and decided to not continue on with the removal of Notorious B.I.G’s mural. Spread Art NYC was the first art organization to report the mural was in danger and was the also there to thank everyone for its support in keeping the mural alive.
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 #biggiemural #biggie #biggiesmalls
Even 20 years after Notorious B.I.G’s death, he still shows the impact and power of the legacy he has left behind.