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Encore: CB2 revisiting proposal to co-name street for rapper ‘Biggie Smalls’

Life after death: Community Board 2 will reconsider a proposal to co-name a Clinton Hill street after rapper and native son Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace roughly five years after local leaders did not move forward with a similar tribute.
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He just loves this rapper’s flashy ways!

A Brooklyn artist will resubmit his proposal to co-name a Clinton Hill street after the late local hip-hop legend, Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace, at a meeting of Community Board 2’s Transportation Committee next Thursday, according to information from the board.

LeRoy McCarthy — who, with the blessing of state transit officials, recently installed “Respect” signs in Crown Heights’s Franklin Avenue subway station as a tribute to the late singer Aretha Franklin — is proposing to christen St. James Place between Gates Avenue and Fulton Street as “Christopher Wallace Way,” roughly five years after he first suggested the honor, which local leaders in 2013 chose not to pursue due to some community members’ objections.

The artist will present his case along with a letter supporting the initiative from Clinton Hill Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, who noted Wallace grew up on the block that could bear his name, and that he continues to influence local and popular culture long after his fatal 1997 shooting at 24-years-old.

“He was a Brooklyn icon then, and remains one to this day,” Cumbo, who took office in 2014, wrote in the letter.

Last year, the board’s Executive and Parks Committees unanimously voted to approve naming basketball courts at Fulton Street’s Crispus Attucks Playground for the rapper — despite complaints from some locals, including one Fort Greener who said doing so would endorse “that he stood for drugs and carrying illegal guns.”

Share your thoughts on the proposal at Community Board 2’s Transportation Committee meeting at Long Island University (1 University Plz. at the corner of Flatbush and DeKalb avenues, Humanities Building Room 604) at 6 pm.

Reach Deputy Editor Anthony Rotunno at arotunno@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8303.
Updated 10:33 am, October 22, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Vision Zero from Zero Vision says:
Only in DeBlasio land would anyone suggest naming a street after someone that glorified drugs and being a gun toting gangbanger.
Oct. 11, 2:15 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I love Bill DeBlasio! B.M.E. Best Mayor Ever!
Oct. 11, 8:15 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I love Bill DeBlasio! B.M.E. Best Mayor Ever!
Oct. 11, 8:34 pm
Lucy Smalls from Street in Brooklyn says:
To all the complainers - this street has no name now! It needs a name. I live here, and tell people where to go, I have to say "just that street, the one I live on". If it had a name, I could say: come to Biggie Small memorial Lane. It will be so much easier. Everyone needs this. All the neighbors are confused, and no one is more relevant to us than Biggie Small. We are a little big and a little small sometimes. Everyone relates to that! All you people who live on streets with names, just try and put yourselves in our shoes.
Oct. 12, 6:29 am
Somebody from Somewhere says:
Visionzero, i say why not? Christopher Columbus & others have holidays in their honor & they've done far worse than biggie could've ever did.
Oct. 12, 6:29 am
Homey from Crooklyn says:
That porker is a role model? Please...
Oct. 12, 6:56 am
Bobby Ganoush from Kandahar says:
Another attempt to appease the little people, throw them some scraps so that they will keep in place.
Oct. 12, 7:04 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Last time this came up, didn't some NIMBY woman who hates everything oppose this because she said he was too fat to have a street named after him?
Oct. 12, 12:01 pm
Munassa Gumloq from Atlantic Ave says:
The only thing to name Biggsmall is my Toilet Ball , oh the sewer plant also or how about that junk yard , these are fitting places to name after Biggismall , I would prefer to name my Toilet Ball. The inside of it .
Oct. 12, 5:02 pm
Susan says:
I’ve never heard of this person, but judging by the picture his name ought to have been Biggie Fat.
Oct. 13, 9 am

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