Not only is this great news for Hip-Hop fans, but is fantastic news for the local community too. City Councilman Robert Cornegy, who was a neighbor of The Notorious B.I.G. in his youth, has organized for a basketball court located inside a Brooklyn playground to be renamed after Biggie.
It has taken a few years to get to this point, but will be worth it, as the legacy of BK’s favourite will thrive on and no doubt attract hoarded of tourists to the area.
Biggie Smalls, the talented NY lyricist who was fatally shot in March 1997 has a few murals spread across Brooklyn already. The addition of the B Ball court named after him serves as a reminder to all about the impact he had on Hip-Hop culture.
Councilman Robert Cornegy told the New York Daily News “This honour is very personal to me. Twenty years later, this comes full circle, this renaming of the basketball courts in his honour.
The basketball court will be located in the Crispus Attucks Playground in Bedford-Stuyvesant. This week’s good news comes years after Cornegy attempted to have a portion of St. James Place, a street that runs through Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, named after Biggie. Residents in the newly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood reportedly disliked the idea due to the content of Biggie’s music and his drug-dealing past.
The renaming ceremony is scheduled to take place on August 1 or August 2.
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