Brooklyn, NY – A block in Brooklyn where The Notorious B.I.G. spent his formative years is being named in his honor. Rolling Stone reports the stretch St. James Place between Gates Avenue and Fulton Street will now be called Christopher Wallace Way.
Initiative leader LeRoy McCarthy said he hopes the sign will be ficially dedicated near the late MC’s birthday, May 21.
Last Wednesday (May 15), the Brooklyn Community Board 2 voted to approve the re-naming petition 33 to one, with four abstentions. The dedication is expected to be approved by the City Council and Mayor Bill De Blasio soon.
“Honoring Biggie symbolizes more than just one man,” McCarthy said. “It symbolizes a culture. It symbolizes a borough. It symbolizes a people, and Hip Hop is worldwide.”
In a video clip the Community Board 2 hearing, Juliet Cullen-Cheung — Transportation and Public Safety Committee Board Chair — said the effort to dedicate Christopher Wallace Way has received support from Council Member Laurie Cumbo and New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, despite pushback from those who take issue with the pranity and misogyny in Biggie’s lyrics.
To that, Cullen-Cheung said, “Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is a champion feminist rights, is happy with her moniker, Notorious RBG.”
The initiative got f the ground several years ago but was initially shut down.
“The Notorious B.I.G.] started selling drugs at 12,” CB2 committee member’s Lucy Koteen said at the time. “He was a school dropout at 17. He was arrested for drugs and weapons charge. He was arrested for parole violations. He was arrested in North Carolina for crack cocaine. In 1996 he was again arrested for assault.
“He had a violent death and physically the man is not exactly a role model for youth. I don’t see how this guy was a role model and frankly it fends me.”
But, Hip Hop has prevailed and Christopher Wallace Way will finally become a reality.