Want to Buy Notorious BIG's Childhood Apartment in Bed-Stuy? Pony Up $725,000

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It seems no one is immune to the apparent limitlessness of urban gentrification. And in the case against it, we now humbly submit into evidence Exhibit B.I..G.: Biggie Small's childhood Bed-Stuy apartment is on the market for a price as hefty as its original occupant, $725,000.

In much the same way Bushwick was once branded "East Williamsburg," Biggie's old apartment at 226 Saint James Place in Bed-Stuy is being billed by realtors as "Clinton Hill." The listing for it states that it's "Convenient to subway, shops, and restaurants."

Is this all a dream?

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As much as the neighborhood has changed, so has the apartment. Judith Lief, the realtor who represents the property, says it was completely remolded several years ago. The place now boasts "Hardwood floors, crown moldings, a coffered dining room ceiling and granite countertops." The total monthly payment on the place would now be around $3,857. Of course, that doesn't include the $145,000 down payment or the $800/month taxes and common charges.

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Lief seems slightly annoyed with the amount of attention the property's famous tenant is bringing. She won't be mentioning Biggie to potential buyers. "Why would I?" she asked. "A celebrity having lived there doesn't translate into a sale."

Does Lief listen to The Notorious B.I.G.? "I can't say that I do," is her curt reply.

Photos of Biggie's childhood apartment as it's currently listed follow.


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13 comments
hahahaha
hahahaha

What a fuckin phony lmao.  Rappers are so full of shit.

mtnlion1
mtnlion1

That address was never in bed stuy. I would call that Ft. Greene. Crown Heights would also be closer but its not Bed Stuy

dMnyc
dMnyc

@soundofthecity If they list it as being in Fort Greene, they can sell it for $1.5 million.

brianstitt
brianstitt

@nicklucchesi Damn, it's in my neighborhood too. Now where am I going to find that kind of money...

Andrew Dickinson
Andrew Dickinson

i moved there in 2003 and that part of fulton street was still a little rough

Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown

Bed-Stuy is CRACKTOWN B'KLYN!!!!!!! Crackheads, crackwhores & pimps...OH MY!

dMnyc
dMnyc

@soundofthecity If they list it as being in Fort Greene they can sell it for $1.5 million.

DoubleDutchie
DoubleDutchie

whoever wrote this is so new to the city it's almost cute :) the apartment is 100% in clinton hill (and always has been). likewise, east williamsburg as an industrial area has always existed. 

jonhertzberg
jonhertzberg

@DoubleDutchie Definitely very legitimately within Clinton Hill boundaries and something an editor easily could have spotted. Bed-Stuy begins on the eastern side of Classon.

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