Petition Circulates To Name Brooklyn Intersection for Biggie

Should St. James Place and Fulton be "Christopher Wallace Way?"

Christopher Wallace — better known around Brooklyn as The Notorious B.I.G. — has compiled quite a few honors in the years since his death. Platinum albums, having an actually watchable biopic made of his life. 

But one there is one thing he hasn't achieved. He's never had a street named for him. 

One Brooklyn resident is circulating a petition at Change.org to rectify that slight.

"The story [of] Christopher Wallace continues to have a resounding influence on new generations although he passed away in 1997," the text of the petition reads. "Coming from modest beginning[s] the story of Christopher Wallace tells the story of a boy to a man accomplishing greatness, using words as his tools."

The petition is addressed to the New York City Council and Community Board 2. 

What do you think? Should the intersection of St. James Place and Fulton Avenue become Christopher Wallace Way? Let us know in the comments, and follow the campaign on Twitter.
pat August 28, 2013 at 07:34 PM
No. We have plenty of American heroes that have actually done something for their country whose name we could use.
Cynthia Matos August 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM
Yes, he did do things for his country. He told his story and inspired millions to follow their dreams and turn their circumstances into opportunities to better themselves. He deserves a street name just as much as any other hero. Before you judge take a step back and open up your narrow mind.
Letty Hawthorne August 31, 2013 at 02:01 AM
He changed a genre of music and gave rap his voice this contribution to music is significant he changed the sound of hip hop.
lydia August 31, 2013 at 08:40 AM
Well other child idolized their folks and we accept it. Christopher Columbus or Biggie? Biggie!
pat September 01, 2013 at 06:03 PM
@Cynthia Matos: How many people did he poison in his own neighborhood with the drugs he sold. Who cares what he did with music, if we were talking about music hall of fame, that is a whole other topic, but not a street name. Street names need to go to people that are remarkable, there is no way in hell that this turd should share the same honor as Dr. King.
lydia September 01, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Most sadly we have everything from cash to buildings, to hospital wings, airports, schools, named after proven destructive people. We even honor their massacre against humanity with National holidays. I don't think he caused near as much damage. For the record try to name the rich clean possible hero that originated drugs in the neighborhood...opps that might be many a Presidential Administrator.
Letty Hawthorne September 01, 2013 at 10:02 PM
To those of us who actually lived here all of our lives and didn't transfer from Manhattan because the rent too damn was high (lol I crack myself up) Biggie is a come up story, rag to riches, a low level at best drug dealer who took the American dream that is way beyond the grasp of most of the residence here, and flipped it. he flipped the game, he told his story which for a lot of people out here in Bed Stuy is their story too only their story didn't earn a Grammy and their life was not made into a movie. Christopher Wallace is home grown, he is one of us. Some of you all will not get that. I don't expect you too. It's a Brooklyn thing, fuggedaboudit. I'm not comparing him to anything or anyone but a lover of music, a trendsetter of rap music, and our native son. Now run tell that.
pat September 01, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Great, now you can take that message to all the parents, husbands, wives and children of the people that probably overdosed and died from the drugs he sold on the street. That has nothing to do with Brooklyn, it has everything to do with being a parasite to society. Now run tell that.
Letty Hawthorne September 01, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Your self righteous indignation is almost endearing, but the truth is that our most revered herores were the radical extremists of their day. Reid Avenue was renamed after the radical ex-convict Malcolm Little AKA Malcolm X. Sumner Avenue was renamed after Marcus Garvey, a rebel, a freedom fighter, and a nationalists. Fulton Street was renamed Harriett Tubman AKA Black Moses, she was an abolitionist (before it was cool) and a wanted fugitive (with a bounty on her head). Your opinion is just that, yours, however it will not over shadow the come up, Christopher Wallaces' ashy to classy (google that), rags to riches story, lyrical genius, father, son, rebel, upstart, drug dealer gone good, our Brooklyn, our native son, which is Biggie. Lighters up (that's hood for light up your lighters, cigarettes that is) in respect for the fallen Notorious B.I.G. Now run tell that (you like that I see lol. Share that at the water cooler Tuesday with your other friends). Spread love it's the Brooklyn way (google that) lmao.
Letty Hawthorne September 02, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Kevin Harewood September 05, 2013 at 08:53 AM
Pat-real talk. Many of our streets and landmarks are named after folks that committed onerous deeds at some part of their lives. Schools and streets named after Jefferson and Washington. Oops they were slaveowners Presidents/ Forrest Blvd in Atlanta oops a Confederate war hero. Let me say Kennedy Opps sons on a man who sponsored selling alcohol during the prohibition which is akin to being a high level drug dealer. Lets stop the false sainthood adulation because upon further review of the saints it usually doesn't check out. Naming this street can be a small token effort to say to some youth- You can turn your life around and you can make from areas that are supposedly downtrodden.
pat September 06, 2013 at 10:21 AM
Kevin, there are plenty of people that made it out of poverty without ever selling drugs, rapping or engaging in criminal activity. What you will be telling the youth is that it is ok to sell drugs, be a thug and then legitimize it through music, sell many albums make money off of the same people that are still poor and to top it off, throw it back in your face, then we will name a street after you. This is an insult to all the blacks in that community that he helped devistate. It took many like Christopher Wallace to ruin Bed-Stuy with crack, heroin and cocaine. All you have to do is look at your local neighborhood and there are many people that have come from poverty and become doctors, volunteers and have even given organs to other people. That street should be named after them. The youth do not need to remember who this thug was, just as I don't think currently named streets are correct either. I know people are not perfect, we all make mistakes, but naming a street is something that has to be looked at very carefully. We need to look deeper and not necessarily find the perfect person, but at least someone who has done something out of empathy, care and truly self devotion for human kind. That is who we need to name our streets after.
Kevin Harewood September 06, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Well you are a citizen. Make a suggestion of names rather than just complaining. Bring those suggestions to the proper authorities and make it happen. Also it takes all kinds of people to make a nation. History shows that many of builders of our nation were pretty thuggish themselves.
Letty Hawthorne September 06, 2013 at 11:06 AM
Kevin-----great talking points, truthful talking points, sometimes we like to gloss over the obvious, but you can't nick name what it is, if we look to perfection we will not find it. Biggie's story is one of redemption, he sold drugs yes a low level crack dealer, who made good on his talent, and followed his dream. That's what the children from Roosevelt (Google it), Brevort, (Pat Google that) , Marcy (Google it), Sumner (Google it), and most streets in between can grasp as a "come up" (Google that), a dream, a person like many of us who made some really bad decisions, and turned their lives around. The contribution is tangible evidence that just because you were born fatherless, in poverty, and made some bad choices that you are not your past and that you too have a chance to do something spectacular. It's not up to me to define or judge your spectacular. My "come up" was a good education. Big's "come up" was rap. I respect a good "come up." I was born AND raised here. We love a "come up", we celebrate it and embrace it. Real "rap", there are a population of people that will never grasp the concept of a "come up". They can't feel it or identify with it, and they don't have to shin the petition. Real rap-----Where do I sign?
Kevin Harewood September 06, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Letty- LOL on the suggestion to Google those names. Personally I don't have to. My cousin's grew up in Marcy's long before Jay Z made it a household name. My Grandmother lived in Sumners. As a former basketball coach I have coached kids from both of them as well as from LG, Brevoort and Tompkins. Some folks turn their back on those who need help the most. Some folks don't strengthen the chain because they only look at things through their own point of view. They never thing of what is the point of view of someone who starts out at a totally different place then themselves. Personally I was born and raised right here in the Stuy. I have been afforded the opportunity to also live in some of the most afluent areas in the country in Pacific Palisades California and Beverly Hills adjacent California. I am back in BK now. NO matter where I was I always thought of folks who had a harder row to climb. I have coached these kids and LISTEN to them. What will motivate them to chance and to greatness will astonish some others who often refuse to acknowledge these folks are entitled to their opinion on who they can and should connect with.
Letty Hawthorne September 06, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Lol---the suggestions were for Pat
Bro. Abu Muhammad September 06, 2013 at 05:49 PM
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Bro. Abu Muhammad September 06, 2013 at 05:57 PM
with regard to name changes of famous and inflamous contributors to our respective society lets we forget be reminded of the efforts of Council Man Charles Baron and Assembly Woman Inez Baron in presenting to new yorks political barons the renaming og gates ave to sonny Abu Badika Carson blvd. There are many whom have achieved notoriety along the way of their respective plight in contributing to the historical greatness of our existence. The last bastion of Brooklyn's educational excellence is our beloved Baba Jitu Weusi. Let's we forget, it is now about the rename it's about how and what we proclaim.
Kevin Harewood September 07, 2013 at 07:22 AM
Abu-get at me edclectic@earthlink.net
Roman TwentyEight September 12, 2013 at 09:24 AM
They should name a street after ME! I work hard, pay my taxes, never been to jail, don't use drugs, and love God.
Bro. Abu Muhammad September 12, 2013 at 09:40 AM
I agree, Therefore all streets should be called gods property between get it together blvd and judgement day turnpike. folks not for nothing always for something the importance of walking down the block and looking up at a street sign with a prominent persons named after it is tantamount to a psychological rejuvenation especially in environments where victims of the MAAFA live. However FUNKADELIC said it best "FREE YOUR MIND AND YOUR... ASS-K ME NO QUESTIONS WILL FOLLOW. until then, may we all proclaim to re-name our lives into positive growth and development peace n Wellness


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