The famous mural that occupies the side of a building on the corner of Brooklyn’s Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street will be coming down as the landlord of the building, Samuel Berkowitz, plans to renovate the space.
The mural, created in 2015 by artists Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui and Scott “Zimer” Zimmerman, quickly become a hotbed for those looking to pay their respects to the late rapper, who once called Brooklyn home.
This serves as something as a problem for Berkowitz who told DNAinfo that he see’s no reason to keep the mural. “I don’t even see the point of the discussion,” he stated. “I could demolish the building if I wanted to, I don’t need no permission from anyone except the DOB.”
The landlord who plans to get rid of the mural in order to install new windows, has offered Spread Art NYC, the arts organization that represents Alaoui and Zimmerman, a promise of preservation in exchange for $1,250 a month in rent.
Spread Art NYC took to social media to alert the public of the situation, writing toward the end of their caption that “Brooklyn is Biggie and Biggie is Brooklyn.”
Most recently, Brookylnite Nia Raquelle started a petition to preserve the mural.
Currently at a little over 1,500 supporters, the petition has a goal of 2,500 signatures before being delivered to the NYC Landmarks and Preservation Commission.