New Basketball Court in Brooklyn Dedicated to Hip-Hop Legend

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Brooklyn's most-famous son just got a basketball court named in his honor.

It’s not exactly the Christopher Wallace Way, but it’s still a way that future generations can remember Brooklyn’s most-famous son. As part of a $2.5 million renovation of Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Crispus Attucks playground, New York City’s parks department has unveiled a new basketball court named after The Notorious B.I.G.

Christopher “Biggie” Wallace Courts was the end result of a promise that the neighborhood’s councilman Robert Cornegy made to Wallace’s mother 20 years ago. After a push to name St. James Place after the rapper, Cornegy vowed that he would find a way to immortalize the slain rap star.

At the unveiling, Cornegy said the courts will preserve a piece of the neighborhood’s history in the face of rapid gentrification. “This community is under siege, as it relates to gentrification,” said Cornegy, according to the Bed-Stuy Patch. “I don’t care who lives here, you come in this park, you’re gonna have to know who Biggie Smalls was.”

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