Biggie mural set to be destroyed by Brooklyn Landlord

Brooklyn Is Biggie…Biggie Is Brooklyn

Notorious B.I.G.’s presence was brought back to life when Artist Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui and Scott “Zimer” Zimmerman created a mural of the late Brooklyn artist Biggie Smalls. The mural is located on Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street in Brooklyn, NY could possibly be demolished by a landlord of the building the mural is currently on.

That landlord Sam Berkowitz plans on renovating the building which includes the removal of the mural. Sam has been ignorant to the hate and criticism he’s been hearing.

“Let me rephrase the question — why should I keep it?” Berkowitz told DNAInfo. “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.”

Earlier this week, an art collector affliated with the artists of the mural revealed the landlord requested $1,250 a month to keep it up, unfortunately thats something his organization can’t afford.

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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“About 4 months ago, he told us about the construction he will be doing which will damage the mural in the process,” Spread ART NYC wrote. “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.”

The decision to remove the mural is a prime example of the every changing Brooklyn borough in New York City.

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