Before he was rap martyr Notorious B.I.G., a young Christopher Wallace lived at 226 St. James Place, apartment 3L, in Brooklyn, and worked as a bag boy at the Met Food around the corner. Now immortalized as a hip-hop landmark, the apartment was listed for sale yesterday for the very 2013 price of $725,000. While Biggie referred to his “one-room shack” in Bed-Stuy, times have changed: “This three-bedroom plus den/office condominium was renovated a few years ago preserving traditional styling while answering the needs of modern usage,” and now the area is referred to as Clinton Hill.
Asked if she was aware of the condo’s significance in music, listing agent Judith Lief said this morning, “You must be kidding. I am.”
Lief told Daily Intelligencer that “very lovable people” own the place and she wouldn’t want its past to affect its future. “The tour buses that come by regularly are enough,” she said. “I don’t really know yet what impact, if any, [Biggie’s looming presence] will have on the sale. I think it’ll be notable, but I don’t know if novelty translates to a purchase.”