Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch May Have Brooklyn Park Renamed in His Honor
The tributes keep coming in for late Beastie Boys emcee Adam Yauch. Just last weekend, 'MCA Day' took place in New York's Union Square, while the state's senators took a moment to recognize Yauch on the floor with a resolution recognizing his musical and philanthropic accomplishments. Billboard reports that the residents of Brooklyn have now started a Facebook petition to have the city's Squibb Park renamed in honor of Yauch, who grew up in Brooklyn Heights.
The park is currently undergoing renovations to become a skateboarding facility. The Beastie Boys have long showed their support of skateboarding in their videos and merchandising, with Vision, Think Skateboard and 5 Boro Skateboards all having ties to the band over the years.
Incidentally, the park would be located right next to another city establishment named for a musician, as Harry Chapin Playground sits close by.
Yauch passed away on May 4 at the age of 47 after a several-year battle with throat cancer. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in late April as a member of the Beastie Boys, but was unable to attend due to his ailing health. He did, however, send a touching letter he wrote that bandmates Adam Horowitz and Michael Diamond read, which served as a touching farewell when the Rock Hall ceremony broadcast aired on HBO right after his death.