Big Pun could have a street in his old Bronx stomping grounds named after him.
News 12 in the Bronx reports that community members are pushing to get 163rd Street named after the late Puerto Rican rapper. The movement is being spearheaded by Pun’s sister Nicole Rodriguez and his son Chris Rivers. Rodriguez has started petition supporting the name change and it already has almost 4,000 signatures. City Councilman Rafael Salamanca said that if enough people support the name change he’ll present an official plea to city council.There is already a mural honoring Pun just off East 163rd and Rogers Place.
There is already a mural honoring Pun just off East 163rd and Rogers Place. There was also a street sign put up honoring Pun back in 2014, but the city took it down.
Rivers offered that the name change would instill beautification and community pride.
“I think it would be amazing to see something more concrete,” Rivers told News 12. “I think for one of their favorite artists or just for someone who held down the Bronx. I think it would be an amazing thing for us and for his fans.”
Street namings and murals honoring NYC rap legends are on a roll right now. Last year Queens named a street after late A Tribe Called Quest member Phife Dawg. Last month, community members in Brooklyn fought to keep a mural of The Notorious B.I.G. from being demolished.