NEW YORK (PIX11) — To celebrate rapper B.I.G.’s would-be 50th birthday on Saturday, the MTA is gifting something to New Yorkers: 50,000 commemorative MetroCards.
The cards will be loaded into MetroCard machines at four stations in The Notorious B.I.G.’s home borough of Brooklyn on his birthday Saturday. The stations participating are the Lafayette Avenue C station, the Clinton-Washington Avenue C and G stations and the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station.
Customers won’t be guaranteed a commemorative MetroCard at those stations, according to MTA sources. Still, instead of adding “mo money” to their current cards, New Yorkers could try their luck at snagging one out of a MetroCard machine.
The MTA isn’t the only New York institution celebrating the Brooklyn native, born Christopher Wallace. The Empire State Building will host a lighting ceremony to honor Biggie, in partnership with Bad Boy/Atlantic/Rhino Records and Wallace’s estate.
The Empire State Building Observatory Experience will feature a life-size photorealistic avatar of Biggie, who died in 1997 at 24 years old. The avatar will be available for viewing and photos from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Fifteen minutes after sunset on Saturday, the Empire State Building will light up red and white with a rotating crown and the number “50” on the mast.
Wallace’s daughter, T’Yanna Wallace, posted about a celebration she’s holding on Instagram. The pop-up event, at Lily’s Pizza Bar, will feature music, drinks and pizza, according to the post. That celebration runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Later this summer, Lincoln Center will host an orchestral tribute to The Notorious B.I.G. The event will feature “a concert symphony performance of Biggie’s well-known songs from the multi-platinum album Ready to Die” and 11 x Platinum Life After Death, featuring special guests and an extensive live set from regular B.I.G. collaborators,” according to a press release. Ticket information for the tribute is on Lincoln Center’s website.