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Jacko on tracko! King of Pop to adorn subway entrance

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The MTA said, “Beat it,” but an effort to honor Michael Jackson at the Downtown Brooklyn subway station that he made famous is moving ahead without the transportation authority.

The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership revealed this week that it has a deal with the owner of the building that sits atop the Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station to hang a mural dedicated to the late great King of Pop.

Jackson gave the grimy station international renown in the 1987 video for his song, “Bad,” in which he plays a gang member about to rumble with a rival clan headed by Wesley Snipes. The action in the Martin Scorsese-directed video takes place on the unused platform at the station.

The same platform was used for “Weird” Al Yankovic’s alternative version of the same song, “I’m Fat.”

Though both videos remain revered, after Jackson’s death last June, Councilwoman Letitia James (D-Fort Greene) beseeched the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to rename the station in honor of Jacko. When that failed, James asked for a plaque.

That effort was also rebuffed.

But on Tuesday, the New York Post reported that the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership had convinced the owner of 45 Hoyt St., which sits over the subway entrance, to cover one of its unsightly concrete walls with a mural of the singer.

“Tish had a point,” said Joe Chan, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. “This station played an important role in a notable moment in pop culture history. And that role can be leveraged to draw attention and visitors to Downtown Brooklyn. We were disappointed that the MTA could not acknowledge that.”

It is unclear what the mural will look like, though Chan said that the owner, the Manhattan-based Benenson Capital, has veto power. James said she’d push for a competition among Brooklyn artists, though she thinks Chan will favor a “name artist.”

Either way, she’s pleased.

“When this whole thing started, I got more e-mails than ever before, mostly from Europe,” she said. “They all said they’d come to Brooklyn and spend money to visit the station.”

The mural would not require MTA approval because the building itself is privately owned. Benenson Capital did not return repeated calls.

One thing, however, has not been left undecided: Yankovic will not be similarly honored.

“Something tells me that Michael Jackson would be a little more compelling of an international draw than ‘Weird’ Al,” Chan said.

Updated 11:26 am, February 17, 2010: Headline was amended. No offense was intended! We love the King of Pop!
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Reasonable discourse

~ from Queens says:
His name isn't Wacko Jacko, his name is Michael Jackson, for god's sake! Calling him Wacko Jacko won't make you any more credible or respectable, instead it makes you more tacky and makes you sound like a fool.
Feb. 17, 2010, 1:18 am
NativeNYer from Marlboro, NJ says:
The article was a good read until I realized that the title of the article was "Wacko Jacko Backo" What is it with you people in the media? Why do you always have to deride him, the man has passed on. Give your derogatory comments a rest already.
Feb. 17, 2010, 3:08 am
Nellieo from Fort Greene says:
I think this is absolutely GREAT!!! Michael Jackson deserves all of the honors and accolades he is finally receiving.
The "media" knows that they "overlooked his innocence" when it mattered. When he was still ALIVE. They created the impression in many minds that he was GUILTY even though there was never ANY evidence to prove it. It was all just based on "allegations" from 2 families looking for $$$ that "the media" reported in such a salacious and slanted way that it created HUGE profits (in the billions of $$$) for them and their companies. They helped to destroy Michael Jackson's career and ultimately his life and they know it. They used him to make $$$ THEN and they are using him in death to make $$$ NOW. As well as to assuage their own guilt over what they did to him.
Your writers and/or editors should get a clue and forever refrain from referring to MICHAEL JACKSON as anything but that. He hated being called "Wacko Jacko", he said it hurt him very much and didn't want his kids to ever hear something like that. Have some respect.
Feb. 17, 2010, 8:20 am
Johnny from The Block says:
I hope a mosaicis installed, somewhat like the one in the DeKalb Avenue station. (Come to think of it, the new LIRR terminal at Atlantic Avenue also desparately needs a mosaic,statue, and/or a plaque honoring somebody.
Feb. 17, 2010, 10:23 am
Richie Rich from Parkslope says:
The black or white version of Jaco Wacko?
Feb. 17, 2010, 12:52 pm
Michelle from lefferts gardens says:
Don't forget about the child spoof that was taped there for MJ's Moonwalker movie. LOL
Feb. 17, 2010, 1:18 pm
Not Goish from Prospect Heights says:
Looks like the real Goish is sensitive to fans of the dead pederast ... so he changed the headline .. the original was a dead copy of one of the 10 best New York Post headlines ever!
Feb. 17, 2010, 4:19 pm
al pankin from downtown says:
that is a pretty crummy place to honor michael jackson..who goes there?
Feb. 17, 2010, 6:02 pm
Maria from sunset park says:
The N.Y.Transit or MTA or both should be ashame. That Station looks so nasty. By honoring Michael Jackson, it would bring visitors to the area that would never have come. MTA Wake up!!!!
Feb. 17, 2010, 7:20 pm

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