A Clinton Hill block will become Christopher Wallace Way this summer, in honor of the legendary rapper known as Notorious B.I.G.
The block where Biggie Smalls grew up—St. James Place between Fulton Street and Gates Avenue—will be officially renamed for him on June 10, Billboard first reported. Advocates for the renaming, including the Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation, announced the event date on Tuesday, when the rapper would have turned 47 years old.
“Christopher Wallace was a musical giant whose tough past made its way to the forefront of the public zeitgeist through his deep and often edgy lyrics,” City Council member Laurie Cumbo told Curbed in a statement.
“The renaming of this Clinton Hill block is a recognition that positive influences come in many forms—‘Notorious B.I.G.’ will always be a proud son of Brooklyn.”
According to Billboard, the event will be open to the public, and members of Biggie’s family are expected to attend.
Back in December, the City Council approved the renaming, followed by requests from advocates including LeRoy McCarthy.
“Honoring Biggie symbolizes more than just one man,” McCarthy told Rolling Stone in November. “It symbolizes a culture. It symbolizes a borough. It symbolizes a people, and hip-hop is worldwide.”
Earlier this month, Staten Island celebrated the renaming of a corner for the Wu-Tang Clan, honoring the legendary hip-hop group.