Fans flood Brooklyn subway stations for Notorious B.I.G. MetroCards

Followers of Biggie Smalls packed subway stations throughout Brooklyn Saturday to attain commemorative MetroCards honoring the late hip-hop rapper’s fiftieth birthday.

About 50,000 playing cards have been packed in MetroCard machines at 4 stations in Brooklyn, which was residence to Biggie, aka “Infamous B.I.G.”

Folks have been lined up about 100 at a time, ready for hours on the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Heart station for a crack at shopping for a few of the playing cards, which featured a portrait of the late rapper.

Many stated it was effectively price it.

“It was an extended, scorching two hours,” stated Melissa Pajuelo, 30, of Brighton Seashore, after shopping for 5 MetroCards. “Two are for me. One other two are for my boyfriend, and the final one is for my homeboy.”

“It’s Biggie Smalls. He’s an icon,” she added. “Who’s not going to need this, being born and raised in Brooklyn?”

“I’m not even going to make use of the cardboard,” stated Carmen Torres, 62, sporting a Biggie T-shirt. “I’m simply going to place it in a secure place.”

Park Slope resident Francesca Lando waited two hours to purchase six commemorative MetroCards.
Park Slope resident Francesca Lando waited two hours to buy six commemorative MetroCards that includes Biggie Smalls.
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Flatbush resident Valentino Lucas wait more than 4 hours in sweltering heat to buy 30 MetroCards.
Flatbush resident Valentino Lucas wait greater than 4 hours in sweltering warmth to purchase 30 MetroCards.
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Crown Heights resident Tatiana Wilkinson was more than happy to buy three MetroCards commemorating rap icon Biggie Smalls.
Tatiana Wilkinson of Crown Heights was more than pleased to purchase three MetroCards commemorating rap icon Biggie Smalls.
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Cameron McGinn, 27, of Manhattan, stated the MTA’s commemorative MetroCards have been a sensible enterprise transfer.

“I’ve all the time been a giant Biggie fan,” he stated. “This can be a cool method and a novel merchandise to get and present true fandom.”

“Clearly persons are down for it,” he added. “I’d come again for one more.”

Long Island resident Juan Hernandez is seen buying MetroCards at Barclay Center’s subway station.
Lengthy Island resident Juan Hernandez buys Biggie MetroCards on the Barclays Heart subway station.
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Some fans waited as long as four hours to buy MetroCards with a portrait of the late rapper Biggie Smalls.
Some followers waited so long as 4 hours to purchase MetroCards with a portrait of the late rapper Biggie Smalls.
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One enterprising man tried to make some B.I.G bucks by scalping the commemorative playing cards to folks searching for to keep away from the lengthy wait.

“Forty bucks! Who needs it?” he shouted.

The MetroCards are one in every of some ways the Large Apple is celebrating the fiftieth birthday of the late rap star, who was infamously gunned down and murdered in 1997 after leaving a Vibe celebration in Los Angeles. He was 24. The case nonetheless has not been solved.

B.I.G metrocards already being sold online on the first day it was released.
Scalpers are already posting excessive costs for the commemorative MetroCards.
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The Barclays Center honored Biggie Smalls’ 50th birthday.
The Barclays Heart honored Biggie Smalls’ fiftieth birthday on Saturday.
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Biggie, whose actual identify was Christopher Wallace, signed to Sean Combs’ Dangerous Boy label when it launched in 1993. His debut album “Able to Die” was launched a 12 months later to worldwide acclaim, and spawned hit singles together with “Large Poppa” and “Juicy.”

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