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The Notorious B.I.G. was a “voice that influenced a generation.”
When the Nets moved to Brooklyn, the basketball team created a jersey based on his style. And the Broadway musical “Hamilton” is littered with references to Biggie — real name Christopher Wallace — because, according to its creator, “as a storyteller, he’s unmatched.”
This week, Mr. Wallace, who was killed in 1997, got another honor: Fulton Street at St. James Place in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn — where he grew up — is now Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace Way.
City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, who worked on the renaming effort, spoke on Monday at the street sign’s unveiling.
“My parents growing up had Malcolm and Martin,” she told the crowd, referring to Malcolm X and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “We had Biggie and Tupac, the most influential rappers and lyricists of our time. The greatest minds and greatest speakers of our time.”
She added that the event was not just pageantry.
“Why this street co-naming is important is because while everybody is coming to Brooklyn, New York, they want to erase the history,” she said. “They want to put up new cafes and boutiques and to push us out of our community.”
Few honors are as visible as a name on a public space. And in the last decade, at least nine of those spaces in New York have been named for hip-hop pioneers, according to Renee Foster of the Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx.
“If you are under 50 years old,” Ms. Foster said, “you know what hip-hop is and you know the power of it. So, many of those people who are now making decisions from the community level, in terms of politicians, they know who these people may have been.”
In 2009, a street was co-named for Jason Mizell of Run-DMC. Mr. Mizell, known as Jam Master Jay, was killed in 2002 before the group’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
In 2016, a street was co-named for Malik Taylor, known as Phife Dawg, from A Tribe Called Quest. He died that year from complications of diabetes.
In 2013, a park was named for Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. Mr. Yauch, who was known as MCA, grew up in Brooklyn Heights and died of cancer in 2012.
Robert Diaz, a Park Slope native known as Pumpkinhead, who died in 2015, had a street dedicated to him in 2016.
In 2017, part of a Clinton Hill park was named for Mr. Wallace.
Hip-hop experts say the genre started in 1973 at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue. In 2016, the block was co-named Hip Hop Boulevard.
In 2017, 30 years after his murder, a street was dedicated to Scott Sterling of Boogie Down Productions, who was known as Scott La Rock.
Last month, a section was named the Wu-Tang Clan District, after the rap group, many of whose members came from the borough.
Across the city, Ms. Foster said, others could be honored, possibly including the Bronx native Belcalis Almanzar. You know her as Cardi B.
As Ms. Foster put it: “Bronx girl makes good.”
A $10 million break and loan safeguards for taxi drivers
The Times’s Corey Kilgannon reports:
A Times investigation last month revealed how reckless loans devastated a generation of New York City taxi drivers. In response, city and state officials have announced several moves to help drivers.
Among the newest initiatives:
The City Council unveiled bills yesterday to prevent loans like the ones that left the drivers of yellow cabs in debt.
The Council also said it would examine how the city allowed drivers to take unaffordable loans to finance taxi medallions, which were selling for upward of $1 million.
Mayor de Blasio announced yesterday that owners of the city’s 13,000 medallions would not have to pay $1,100 license renewal fees this year and next year — a total of $10 million.
He said he was also planning a “driver assistance center” for financial counseling.
There is renewed interested in the State Legislature in three stalled bills. One of the bills would improve disclosure rules for loans. Another would outlaw deceptive business practices. A third would ban getting borrowers to essentially admit defaulting on a loan before receiving it.
From The Times
How Jon Stewart became a fierce advocate for Sept. 11 responders.
How titans of New York real estate were trounced in a historic rent law deal.
Cuba Gooding Jr. was accused of groping a woman at a Manhattan bar.
Nearly 200 sickly dogs were rescued from squalor on a New Jersey farm.
A bill to legalize paid surrogacy in New York has found opposition from prominent feminists, including Gloria Steinem.
Rent regulations: How they’ll affect tenants and landlords.
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What we’re reading
The police swarmed a Midtown street to investigate a cage that contained a mannequin with the sign “#NoKidsInCages.” [New York Post]
New York City made the Strand’s building a landmark, and the bookstore’s owner is not happy about it. [New York Post]
City parks are (gradually) getting new signs, and it is more complicated than you may think. [City Lab]
Coming up today
The urban historian Jeffrey Kroessler surveys the Queens sports landscape in an illustrated lecture at the Queens Historical Society in Weeping Beech Park. 6:30 p.m. [$5]
D.J.s perform at Le Bain, the hotel rooftop bar at the Standard, High Line, in Manhattan to benefit maintenance and programming on the High Line. 10 p.m. [$10 suggested donation]
— Vivian Ewing
Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events, see the going-out guides from The Times’s culture pages.
And finally: Searching for affordable housing on Facebook
The Times’s Nikita Stewart reports:
“Apartments for rent that accepts programs” is a group on Facebook that is as fast-paced and harried as its grammatical error indicates. Thousands of people desperately searching for housing in the New York City area visit the group’s page to find units that accept rental assistance vouchers.
In the group, the some 16,000 members vent frustrations about bureaucracy, call out unscrupulous landlords and flag greedy brokers who charge a fee for simply showing an apartment.
Arlene Cumberbatch, the page’s administrator, said that about three years ago, there were no more than 5,000 members.
“It has grown exponentially. Every day, five or six people want to join,” said Ms. Cumberbatch, the president of All for Uniting, a social club in Brooklyn that hosts Caribbean cultural events.
Ms. Cumberbatch said she and her husband were looking for an apartment when she found the page. It ultimately led her to their home.
The page also disseminates information about rental assistance programs that, according to the city, have helped 38,000 households leave homeless shelters or stay out of them since 2014. Still, thousands of people continue to enter homeless shelters, and the average length of time in them extended last year.
Buildings with six or more apartments must accept rental assistance vouchers. Still, people in homeless shelters say a big obstacle to securing housing is finding a landlord who will take a voucher.
“We are educating each other” about the hunt for low-income housing, Ms. Cumberbatch said.
Landlords and brokers who are page members also advertise units. But there can be misunderstandings, and discussions can get heated.
One post recently clarified: “I am not a broker. I live in a shelter looking for an apartment. Please stop calling me.”
Ms. Cumberbatch said her favorite posts are those with a photo of apartment keys; they draw a flood of comments congratulating the new tenant.
“It’s so hard to find something,” she said, “so we celebrate.”
Metropolitan Diary: Rolling with Captain America
My job requires me to travel around the Bronx visiting different neighborhoods, some good, some not.
One day, I was walking in an area that I felt was pretty sketchy. I walked a little faster than usual. I was gripping my Captain America gym bag closer to my body for a sense of protection. Nothing bad happens when you’re rolling with superheroes.
As I continued on, I saw fewer and fewer people on the street. I started to get anxious. I kept my head down. I walked faster.
Without realizing it, I bumped shoulders with a man who was walking in the opposite direction. I stopped to apologize.
He gave me a piercing stare. Then his eyes traveled to my bag.
He reached into his back pocket and pulled out his wallet: the same Captain America design I had on my bag.
— Ramy Fakhr
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