After reports that Brooklyn landowner Solomon Berkowitz was set to remove a mural of The Notorious B.I.G., the Spread Art NYC collective is now stating the building owner has changed his mind.
The Spread Art NYC posted a message on Instagram that read:
“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.”
They also thanked T.I. and the Brooklyn Nets for their support.
Supporters also began a petition to save the artwork located at Bedford Ave. and Quincy St.
Apparently, Berkowitz recognized the importance of the Hip Hop legend and his connection to the community.
“To be honest, he just didn’t know how important Biggie is to Brooklyn,” Nahuatl “Rocko” Alaoui, one of the mural painters, told DNAinfo New York. “He’s not a bad guy. A lot of people offered to help financially, but he said he don’t need the money, just the respect of his neighbors.”