Brooklyn’s Palmetto Playground will now be named Adam Yauch Park
It’s official: Late Beastie Boys rapper Adam “MCA” Yauch will get a park named after him in his hometown of New York City later today (May 3). Following a year of campaigning to get Yauch the recognition, New York City officials have decided to rename Brooklyn’s Palmetto Playground to Adam Yauch Park. The campaign was spearheaded by a group of Beastie Boys fans who kicked off a Facebook campaign in support of the idea after Yauch passed away last year.
The ceremony will take place at the park, and surviving Beastie Boys member Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz will be at the event, as well as members of Yauch’s family, Borough President Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey, State Senator Daniel Squadron and Council Member Stephen Levin.
At first, the campaign sought to change Squibb Park’s title to be named after Yauch, but Brooklyn Heights residents wouldn’t hear if it. Hence, Palmetto Playground was selected as the choice spot to pay tribute to the late musician.
Yauch passed away on May 4, 2012, following a three-year battle with cancer. He was 47.
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