Soon, the basketball court at Crispus Attucks Playground in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, will have a new name. After many unsuccessful years of trying to change the name of the court, City Councilman Robert Cornegy has finally fulfilled his promise to Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls’ mother, whom he promised this honor many years ago.
The Councilman first tried to change the name of St. James Place, the apartments where the two grew up, in 2013. He began a petition to fulfill the change but was unsuccessful in gathering the required signatures. Many who didn’t sign the petition felt the rapper’s name shouldn’t be honored due to his violent lyrics.
Cornegy grew up with Christopher Wallace at 226 St. James Place in Bedford-Stuyvesant. He lived in apartment 1R. Biggie lived with his mother in apartment 3R in the same building. The pair was close growing up, often seeing one another in passing in the hallway. The two even hooped together on the basketball court that is being renamed in his honor.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on August 1 or 2 at the court in honor of the court’s renaming. For the past 20 years, a basketball celebration has been held in the rapper’s honor on August 5. Those who come to the celebration this year will have far more to look forward to, thanks to the authorization of the name change and the honor to this rapper.
Cornegy couldn’t be happier about the ribbon-cutting ceremony and the name change to honor his childhood friend turned successful rapper. Despite his violent lyrics and use of curse words, those who knew Biggie can tell you that he was down-to earth, honest, and always fun, simply doing what needed to be done to survive in Brooklyn.