The two-story mural depicting The Notorious B.I.G. on the side of a building on Bedford Avenue and Quincy in Bed-Stuy will be taken down. The artwork titled King of NY was created by Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui and Scott “Zimer” Zimmerman and has attracted crowds since it went up in 2015. According to DNAinfo, landlord Samuel Berkowitz has decided to remove the art in order to add more windows and increase the property value. “Why should I keep it?” he said in a phone interview with the local news outlet. “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.” Spread Art NYC, an art collective supporting the mural’s artists has stated that the landlord offered to keep it up for $1,250 USD a month. Despite donations from the community, it appears that the group won’t be able to sustain the exorbitant cost on a regular basis.
There’s also a separate petition going around to make the mural a historic landmark so that it’s protected by the Landmarks and Preservation Commission. There’s no word yet on when the mural will be taken down, but be sure to stop by and take one last look before it’s gone.
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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