Charlamange Tha God awards a Brooklyn landlord named Samuel Berkowitz Donkey of the Day for planning to take down the iconic mural of Notorious B.I.G. on the corner of Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street. Berkowitz plans to take down the mural to make room for more windows on the building, increasing the rent for the building by $500. He also said people who live in the building complain about the crowds the mural brings in.
Berkowitz told DNA Info:
“Why should I keep it? 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.”
The Breakfast Club also adds:
“This is when gentrification goes too far. We need elements and reminders in Brooklyn of what made the city so iconic in the first place before it’s replaced by coffee and juice shops.”
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Special thanks to all the fans worldwide, to the local organizations, to the community members, and to all who have offered their resources to keep the mural at #bedfordandquincy There is so much we want to share with you, but we feel it's a bit early to make any announcements. But we can tell you that Brooklyn has got so much love for Biggie! And if you don't know, now you know!!!! We want everyone to stay positive and if you're going to be by the mural tomorrow, we ask you to celebrate responsibly. Happy Birthday, Biggie!🎂 #spreadartnyc #20bigyears #bedfordandquincy #bedstuy #bedfordstuyvesant #brooklyn #brooklynlove #spreadloveitsthebrooklynway
Here’s what Charlamagne had to say on the situation below…