NYC Christopher Wallace, Sister Piggy Smalls, MTA Releases Special Metro Card to Celebrate 50th Birthday

Brooklyn, New York City (WABC) – New York City is preparing to honor the late rapper Christopher Wallace, also known as Piggy Smalls and Notorious Big, who turned 50 on May 21st.

MTA, in conjunction with Rhino Entertainment, has announced that MetroCard vending machines at four Brooklyn subways will be loaded with limited edition cards respecting Bedford-Stuyvesant natives.

Wallace grew up in central Brooklyn and released two Grammy-nominated studio recordings of his life, which was sadly reduced to 24 years of still unresolved murder.

His debut album, Ready to Die, reached multi-platinum status, while his follow-up, Life After Death, received diamond certification.

Piggy is famous in the New York rap music industry and is widely regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time.

Metro cards with the portrait of an infamous adult on the other hand will be available for purchase on Saturday, May 21st from 12:01 am on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cards are only available at vending machines that accept all types of payments, including credit, debit and cash, at the following locations in Central Brooklyn:
–Lafayette Avenue c
–Clinton-Washington Avenue c
–Clinton-Washington Avenue g
–Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, R, Q

Mayor Eric Adams has declared May 21 as “Christopher ‘The Notorious Big’ Wallace Day.

Wallace’s son, C.J. Wallace received the honor Thursday afternoon from Mayor Adams.

CJ Wallace was 5 months old when his father was killed.

Several events are planned, including:

Friday:
–A lighting ceremony will be held at the Empire State Building at 4pm to celebrate the famous BIG’s 50th birthday.
– 2nd Annual BIG Dinner Gala to Celebrate the 50th Birthday of the Famous BIG in Gustavino at 8pm

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Saturday:
–Christopher Wallace’s Black Party May 21 at 226 St. James Place Bed-Stuyvesand, Brooklyn, 1pm to 7pm in front of Christopher Wallace’s childhood home.

June 10:
–Lincoln Center The band will pay tribute to The Notorious BIG on June 10, featuring music by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.

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