On what would have been his 47th birthday, The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation has announced that The Notorious B.I.G. will be honored with his own street.
St. James Place, located at the Fulton Street intersection in Biggie’s native Brooklyn, will be renamed to Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace Way in honor of the late rap legend.
Biggie’s mother Ms. Voletta Wallace and his children, T’Yanna and Christopher, will be in attendance during the ceremony on June 10, along with Brooklyn politicians and some of his closest celebrity friends. The ceremony starts at noon and is open to the public.
“Honoring Biggie symbolizes more than just one man,” LeRoy McCarthy, who spearheaded the initiative, told Rolling Stone. “It symbolizes a culture. It symbolizes a borough. It symbolizes a people, and hip-hop is worldwide.”
Last November, the Brooklyn Community Board 2 passed the street naming proposal before receiving approval from the City Council and Mayor Bill De Blasio.
There have been other memorials to The Notorious B.I.G. in Brooklyn, including a Biggie mural dubbed “King of New York” on Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street. In 2016, McCarthy declared May 21st “Notorious B.I.G. Day” in Brooklyn.