Just a few blocks from the home where Christopher Wallace grew up, local leaders, members of his family and ordinary fans paused to reflect on the legacy of the man who became rapper Notorious

Long before fame came, the kids in Bed-Stuy first called Christopher Wallace “Biggie” due to his size on the same basketball courts named today in his honor today. A ribbon cutting ceremony at Crispus Attucks playground in Bed-Stuy marked the occasion as a sign went up naming the courts in his honor.
The renaming fulfills a promise Councilman Robert Cornegy made to the rapper’s mother after Wallace’s death.

“He would have been so grateful for this. He would have been proud of himself. I’m proud of him. We’re all very proud for this park being named after him,” his daughter T’yanna Wallace said.