Almost a year to the day after cancer claimed his life, Adam "MCA" Yauch—one third of the legendary Beastie Boys—has a park named after him. This morning, the New York City Department of Parks held a ceremony officially changing the name of Brooklyn Heights' Palmetto Playground to Adam Yauch Park.
Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markovitz was joined by Yauch's fellow Beastie Boys member Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz as the playground, which Yauch frequented as a youth, was renamed in his honor. There was virtually no resistance to a social media campaign to have the playground's name changed as a tribute to Yauch.
Yauch passed away on May 4, 2012 at the age of 47 after losing a battle to throat cancer. During today's ceremony, Ad-Rock paid homage to his fallen friend with this brilliant quote:
Adrock: Like the Wu-tang Clan, the Beasties is for the children— Stephen Nessen (@stephen_nessen) May 3, 2013
Adam Horovitz attended and spoke.
Adam's mother, Frances Yauch, speaking about her son.
MCA's mom: Adam played in this park as a child, learned to ride a bike here.— Stephen Nessen (@stephen_nessen) May 3, 2013
Adam Yauch Park is located in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood at the corner of Columbia Place and State Street.
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