The street co-namings will be located in the respective boroughs of each artist.
In what will mark 164 street co-namings, the New York City council voted unanimously to rename three city streets after famous NYC musicians; Biggie Smalls (aka Christopher Wallace), the Wu-Tang Clan and Woodie Guthrie. Each will receive a street in their home boroughs.
Christopher Wallace Way will be located on St. James Place in Brooklyn where he grew up, the Wu-Tang Clan District will be located at Vanderbilt Avenue and Targee Street in Staten Island and Woody Guthrie Way will be located on Mermaid Avenue between West 35th and West 36th streets in Brooklyn.
According to the Brooklyn Community Board, in order to get your name on a street sign,
“prospective individual honorees must have a minimum of 10 years of community service and have displayed some significant cultural or historical, positive impact in the district. Prospective organization/group honorees must have displayed significant positive impact or cultural influence for a minimum of 20 years within the district with direct services provided to the community at large. Exceptions may be recognized for individuals who are deceased based on tragic or highly-recognized circumstances.”
Altogether the Council voted on 68 street co-namings. Apart from these three artists, they will also be honoring important NYC citizens like the Former Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, and other integral members of the community like Elementary school principals, ambassadors, athletes and religious leaders.
However, before anything becomes official, Mayor de Blasio will have to sign off. According to Rolling Stone, if all is approved the renaming for Biggie Smalls’ street will happen around the artist’s birthday on May 21. We hope to see all the changes made by Spring 2019.
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