Adam Yauch, best known as “MCA” of rap pioneers Beastie Boys, was a major figure not only in popular music, but also in the city of New York, specifically the borough of Brooklyn where he grew up.
On Friday (May 3), the city of New York will recognize both Yauch’s legacy and his connection to Brooklyn by renaming Palmetto Playground on State Street, the street on which Yauch grew up in Brooklyn Heights, the Adam Yauch Playground. It was this playground, which has recently been restored, that Yauch learned to ride a bike and played basketball in when he was young. His family still resides in the area.
The dedication ceremony will take place Friday at 11 a.m. with fellow Beastie Boy Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, Yauch’s parents and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz expected to be in attendance. The Adam Yauch Playground unveiling comes one day before “MCA Day,” a free event at Brooklyn venue Littlefield to be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Last year’s MCA Day took place several weeks after Yauch’s death, in NYC’s Union Square, with Ad-Rock in attendance.)
The push to honor Yauch dates back a year ago, around his death on May 4, 2012, following a battle with throat cancer, says New York City Council member Stephen Levin, who represents the city’s 33rd District where the park is located.