Some famed rappers and a folk-music legend will be honoured by New York City, which will be naming streets after Biggie Smalls, the Wu Tang Clan and Woody Guthrie.
As Gothamist reports, New York City Council voted unanimously to pay tribute to the three music icons in the boroughs in which they once resided.
Biggie Smalls/Notorious B.I.G. will be honoured via his birth name with Christopher Wallace Way to be located on St. James Place, between Fulton Street and Gates Avenue in Brooklyn, the same block where the late rapper grew up.
In addition, Staten Island’s Vanderbilt Avenue and Targee Street will be known as the Wu-Tang Clan District, while Woody Guthrie Way will be located at Coney Island’s Mermaid Avenue between West 35th and West 36th, marking Brooklyn neighbourhood where Guthrie lived in the early 1940s.
The street naming was the brainchild of cultural advocate LeRoy McCarthy, who spearheaded the efforts to honour the musicians in such a manner.
“I’m happy that NYC officials are finally giving the city’s indigenous ‘Hip Hop’ music the respect and recognition that it deserves,” he told Gothamist. “It took a long time and lots of hard work to advance the Christopher Wallace Way and Wu-Tang Clan District street co-naming, but ya know what, Hip Hop Don’t Stop.”
Although New York City Council voted 68-0 to approve the name changes, Mayor Bill de Blasio must sign off with his approval before the name changes will become official.