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Historic NYC neighborhood protests pawn shop with ‘Bling Baby’ mural


A storefront mural in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn is causing quite a controversy.

Painted by New York artist Jamie Hef, it has stirred anger in residents of the area.

At its center it depicts a baby wearing a crown, holding a stack of bills. A “bling” style chain hangs from his neck. More stacks of money and pieces of jewelry complete the work, including rings and watches.

Hef created the work for a pawn shop and jewelry store on Park Place near Franklin Avenue in a predominantly African-American neighborhood.