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  • Biggie Mural About to Be Destroyed, Bed-Stuy Building Owner Says

    A two-story mural of Bed-Stuy’s hometown hero Notorious B.I.G. is slated to be destroyed after the owner of the building on which it’s painted prepares to renovate, according to the landlord and and the mural’s artists.

    The mural, located on a building at Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street, has drawn tourists and hip-hop heads since it was painted in 2015, but now the landlord, Samuel Berkowitz, said he needs to remove it in order to add new windows.

    In a telephone interview Thursday, Berkowitz said he saw no reason to keep the mural.

    “Let me rephrase the question: Why should I keep it?” he said. “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.”

    Berkowitz declined to discuss the matter further, and it was not immediately clear when the mural would be removed. He secured permits in March for the work, which includes a gut renovation of the second floor and the addition of two windows to the wall with the mural, Department of Buildings records show.

    In an Instagram post by Spread Art NYC, a collective affiliated with the mural’s artists Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui and Scott "Zimer" Zimmerman, the group said Berkowitz had offered to keep the mural up in exchange for $1,200 a month, but said the collective would be unable to sustain the cost.

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