Mural in Mount Vernon park celebrates Heavy D legacy
The legacy of hip-hop artist Heavy D lives on in his hometown of Mount Vernon, with a park named after him and mural capturing his image.
Bronx-based artist Andre Trenier created the mural in just four weeks this spring inside Heavy D and the Boyz Park, which was formerly called Lorraine Park.
The park is known as the hip-hop legend's hangout spot, fans and officials say. It was at Lorraine Avenue playground where Heavy D shot his first video for his single "Money Earnin' Mount Vernon."
The park has been revitalized, thanks to grants from the New York Knicks and non-profit organization Kaboom.
The Mount Vernon native died in 2011 due to a pulmonary embolism and deep leg vein thrombosis.
The words across the mural, "Be inspired," was Heavy D's last tweet before he died.
Floyd Myers, the rapper's brother, is part of the newly formed Mount Vernon parks conservancy partnering with the city to rebuild playgrounds and greenspaces.