Notorious, the movie based on the life of the Notorious BIG / Biggie Small and filmed in the neighborhood, opened last Friday. The Times offers an interesting article on the film, with some rich history about Biggie's life and the neighborhood. Biggie grew up on St. James Place, and there is some differences of opinion on whether or not the area was called Clinton Hill back then. (The Times seems to think it wasn't.) My research suggests that Clinton Hill is NOT a new-fangled real estate broker creation, and St. James Place is firmly within the borders of Clinton Hill. Long-time residents, please chime in! Did you refer to the area as Bed-Stuy?
I was in college when Biggie was killed, and had no idea he was just 24 when he died.
Has anyone seen the movie yet? I hope to this weekend.