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‘Biggie Smalls’ all but certain to get name on Clinton Hill street street after CB2 okays years-in-works tribute

Life after death: Community Board 2’s full board this week approved a proposal to co-name a stretch of St. James Place in Clinton Hill after Biggie Smalls, five years after the honor fizzled out amid some community opposition.
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All it took was One More Chance!

Late local hip-hop legend Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace is all but certain to get his name on a Clinton Hill street after the neighborhood’s community board okayed a years-in-the-works proposal to co-name the road after the rapper.

Community Board 2’s full board on Wednesday nearly unanimously approved the street co-naming a local artist first suggested back in 2013, overwhelmingly endorsing the suggested tribute that five years ago fizzled out due to some locals’ objections to what they called Wallace’s offensive rhymes, according to a panel member.

“We heard some objections that included denunciations of his lyrics having to do with profanity, misogyny, and violence,” said Juliet Cullen-Cheung, who heads CB2’s Transportation Committee, which green-lit the proposal last month.

Thirty-three board members voted in favor of christening St. James Place between Gates Avenue and Fulton Street — the block where Biggie grew up — as “Christopher Wallace Way,” with one member voting against it, and four abstaining.

Critics in 2013 panned the idea of honoring Wallace, who died in a fatal shooting at 24, claiming he was too fat to be memorialized, and last month again blasted the rapper known as the Notorious B.I.G. as undeserving of the recognition due to his songs that they called misogynistic and violent.

But this time around, the number of the idea’s opponents did not rival that of its proponents, a group that includes Clinton Hill Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, who said Wallace deserves the honor because his artistic contributions still influence local and popular culture decades after his death.

“He was a Brooklyn icon then, and remains one to this day,” Cumbo said in a letter supporting the co-naming proposal.

Following the full board’s approval, the application heads to Council, whose members will likely give it final approval next month, according to a rep for Cumbo.

And the street sign won’t be the only recent tribute to Wallace if approved — this month, hometown basketball squad the Brooklyn Nets debuted new uniforms inspired by the local legend, and last year, officials named basketball courts inside Clinton Hill’s Crispus Attucks Playground for the rapper.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 2:34 pm, November 16, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Somebody from Somewhere says:
Hell, chris columbus has a statue & a circle named after him in manhattan & he's done far way worse things than biggie so i say why not?
Nov. 16, 5:54 pm
Frank from Furter says:
This was also supported by the Notorious RBG.
Nov. 17, 11:28 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
It's not that I have anything against Biggie Smalls or even gangster rap, I just don't feel that he did anything noteworthy to have a street named after him. Unless anyone can name at least one thing of what he did that was so special, then it shouldn't be done. I even asked my little brother, who is a fan of rap, on what he did that was special or even revolutionary, and he said he couldn't think of anything and mentioned that Tupac was more special than he was. Unfortunately, just being a gangster rapper that got shot isn't really enough to being honored especially when that seems to be very common for those of his kind. On a side note, I don't make personal attacks or demand the other side to be silenced unlike those that have done that to me on this issue and so many others just for not taking their side.
Nov. 18, 2:16 pm
Victor from Brooklyn born baby says:
He the legendary king of Kings county
Nov. 18, 7:41 pm
Brooklyn says shut the hell up, Tal! says:
Wow! Just how hard is tal sucking you guys off that you keep deleting my post? Piss Poor journalism. Tal, nobody cares what you think. Please shut that fat hole in your face.
Nov. 19, 6:25 pm
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
Tal has a brain
Nov. 20, 7:31 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
How about the fact that I don't use personal attacks and even call for censorship of those who disagree unlike those who have done that at me.
Nov. 22, 3:03 pm

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