The Notorious B.I.G. to Get His Own Street in Brooklyn
It's official. The Brooklyn intersection where The Notorious B.I.G. grew up will be renamed in his honor. The late rapper's estate, the Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation, announced the news on Tuesday (May 21)—on what would have been Biggie's 47th birthday.
According to Billboard, a ceremony will take place on June 10 to officially rename the Fulton Street intersection between Gates Avenue on St. James Place to Christopher Wallace Way. Several members of the Brooklyn rapper's family are expected to attend the ceremony—which is open to the public—including his mother, Voletta Wallace.
The Brooklyn Community Board 2 approved the initiative back in November, but needed additional approval from the City Council and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio—which they've since acquired.
"Honoring Biggie symbolizes more than just one man," LeRoy McCarthy, who came up with the idea a few years back, told Rolling Stone. "It symbolizes a culture. It symbolizes a borough. It symbolizes a people, and hip-hop is worldwide."
This news follows similar happenings in other parts of the country. Following a viral petition, Los Angeles councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson approved the renaming of the L.A. intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue to Nipsey Hussle Square back in April, while the Wu-Tang Clan were honored with a district named after them in their home base of Staten Island earlier this month.
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