Bronx Natives Rally For Big Pun Avenue

Two fifth graders from the Bronx are heading a campaign to turn the borough's 163rd Street into Big Pun Avenue in honor of the late rapper Big Punisher.

Twins Kelvin and Melvin Sosa have collected 3,000 signatures in support of the proposed name change, according to "The New York Times." The Sosas' goal is to collect 30,000 signatures, according to the David Bryson, owner of the Hot Spot Record store and unofficial leader of the campaign.

Bryson hopes the Sosa brothers' efforts will help convince the local community boards to rename the street. Noting the community value of the proposal, Bryson said, "[Big Punisher] was a Puerto Rican [who] achieved things that ten years ago [Puerto Ricans] could not have achieved. His legacy says no matter who you are... you can be anything you want to be."

The Sosa brothers will present their case to the community board on June 28. Councilman Pedro Espada of the Bronx has already endorsed the proposal.

Born Christopher Rios, Big Punisher died on Feburary 7 of this year following a heart attack. His death came only weeks prior to the release of his second album, "Yeeeah Baby."