“Let me rephrase the question: Why should I keep it?” he said. “I don’t even see the point of the discussion. I could demolish the building if I wanted to, I don’t need no permission from anyone except the DOB.” Department of Building records shows Berkowitz has already gained a permit for the renovations.
In an attempt to save the mural, Spread Art NYC, a collective of mural artists, tried to save the mural but Berkowitz is offering to keep the mural up in exchange for $1,200 a month. In an Instagram post, the group stated, "Today Spread Art NYC offered $5000 (which we planned to gather from the community and the fans) not to open the windows. Unfortunately, that offer was declined, and it was answered by a counteroffer of $1250 a month."
While the demise of the ode to one of hip-hop's best emcee seems imminent, no one in Brooklyn could ever stop the memory of The Notorious B.I.G.