Like a childhood bedroom seen through an adult’s eyes, a hometown or neighborhood can seem so small. Even as nostalgia blows through those street corners and parks into settings for widescreen memories, the reality can look tiny after both time and distance allow for unemotional consideration.
On March 9, 1997, Christopher Wallace was shot and killed on the Miracle Mile, a stretch of Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, almost 3,000 miles away from the border of his home in Bedford-Stuyvesant. And while the man known to the world as the Notorious B.I.G. toured the world during his too-short life, many of the haunts of his youth (and occasionally his grownup years – after recovering from an auto accident in 1996, the first restaurant he went to was Country House Diner in Clinton Hill, according to MTV) are clustered within a small radius of the Clinton-Washington Avenue subway stop.
amNewYork took the A train to look for the ghost of one of music’s all-time greats, ahead of the 21st anniversary of his passing, and found a world much smaller geographically than one might expect.