Legendary artist finishes mural in Fort Greene

A new mural in Brooklyn pays tribute to the gangsta-rap artist Notorious B.I.G., a hip-hop pioneer who was gunned down in 1997. Lee Quinones, one of the founders of the New York City subway graffiti movement, finished the portrait last week, incorporating a piece of B.I.G’s personal history into the painting — his abiding love for pigeons. The mural shows a flock of oversized pigeons flying out of the subway entrance at the corner of Fulton Street and South Portland Avenue. One of the birds is clutching a miniature subway car in its talons. The late rapper once lived in neighboring Clinton Hill.

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  1. My understanding is that the mural of biggie was designed by a Parsons senior, John Garcia, painted by Cern One, and that the pigeons were added by Mr. Quinones. If this is so, everyone had better start collecting Mr. Garcia’s work now, before he rises out of our price range.
    I would love to see this story followed up on, and if needed, corrected.

    The original story now includes the following correction:

    John Garcia, a 21-year-old artist and Parsons senior, designed the “Biggie as Che” image specifically for Habana Outpost, and was paid for his work. Mr. Garcia was not originally mentioned in the piece and has not been given credit on the Brooklyn Love Building’s website. The actual painting of the design onto the wall was done by CERN (James Quinn), except for the pigeons, which were painted by Lee Quinones. We are currently reporting a follow-up story to address what led to the mix-up.

    –editor

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