Campaign Underway to Rename a Brooklyn Street After Notorious B.I.G.


LeRoy McCarthy wants to see credit where credit is due.

Last week, McCarthy started a petition to rename Fulton Street between St James and Cambridge Place in Brooklyn–the site of Biggie Smalls’ childhood home–after Big Poppa.

The Brooklyn native was a “lyrical wordsmith” whose music has “influenced people around the world,” McCarthy argues, noting pointedly the fact The Source named Biggie “The King of New York” way back in 1995.

“Coming from modest beginning the story of Christopher Wallace tells the story of a boy to a man accomplishing greatness, using words as his tools. The story [of] Christopher Wallace continues to have a resounding influence on new generations,” McCarthy writes.

Brokelyn came out in full support of the campaign yesterday, writing, “Look at all the people that miles of street are named after in Brooklyn despite being slave owners, and tell us that he doesn’t deserve the same honor after ending up an internationally recognizable Brooklyn icon.”

Fair point.

Brooklyn already has a park honoring a Beastie Boy–how hard could it be to show Biggie some love? McCarthy will have to submit his petition to a local board. If approved, the issue will go before the City Council.

In July, the Council approved renamings of 52 streets in honor of distinguished New Yorkers, including five 9/11 responders, a New York Knick, a Latin music star, and a gay rights activist.

That’s not say an effort like McCarthy’s would pass without controversy–people take the honor pretty seriously. In fact, there’s currently a campaign underway to un-rename a Lower East Side street honoring a congressman who was later revealed to be a Soviet spy.

The petition only has about 153 signatures at the moment, so it may take a while before Christopher Wallace Way is a reality.

Until then, at least there is this little tribute outside The Source‘s headquarters, part of artist Jay Shells’ “Rap Quotes” project.

For more information, check out McCarthy’s campaign on Twitter (@CWWayBK), Facebook and Tumblr.

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