Report: Palmetto Playground To Be Renamed Adam Yauch Park On Friday

BHB sources claim that the Palmetto Playground will officially be renamed the Adam Yauch Playground this week. A ceremony to usher in the new name will reportedly be held this Friday May 3.

Yauch, who grew up in Brooklyn Heights before achieving fame as a member of the Beastie Boys died on May 4, 2012 of cancer. Yauch played at Palmetto while growing up in the neighborhood.

Last year BHB pal/King of All Rock Journos Who Went to St. Ann’s Sasha Frere-Jones remembered Yauch in a New Yorker piece:

New Yorker: I first met Adam Yauch in 1982, in Brooklyn, when I was fifteen. I was sitting on the red steps in the lobby of St. Ann’s, where I was a sophomore in high school. His bandmate, Michael Diamond, was a grade ahead of me. Occasionally Mike and I would talk about records and argue. We talked about doing a newsletter, but that was also just talk. His hardcore band, the Beastie Boys, was getting bigger in the very small pond of downtown Manhattan. (In the nineteen-eighties, folks didn’t play rock music in Brooklyn. You had to go to “The City” for that.) The Beasties had managed to open for the Bad Brains, which was about the best thing that could happen to a young punk in 1982. People sometimes made fun of the Beasties for not being real or hard enough or some other imaginary variable. I only heard Mike complain once, about their name being spelled as Beasty Boys, because it sounded like a pet food store.


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  • Bob Stone

    Sounds good. In all the years since it was named by Henry Stern, I’ve never heard anyone call it Palmetto Playground.

  • PierrepontSkin

    So cool. RIP MCA.

  • Wiley E.

    At 11:00 in the park on Friday morning.

  • Wiley E.

    The park is at the foot of State Street and Columbia Place, and borders Atlantic Avenue at the BQE on-ramp heading towards Manhattan.

  • Topham Beauclerk

    Another instance of vulgar American celebrity worship. And Yauch? Does anyone really want to speak such an ugly syllable? It sounds like an exclamation of disgust.

  • MonroeOrange

    I thought, just Mike D. went to St. Ann’s?

  • harumph

    time to go south to Florida Topham. you are clearly getting old!

  • BrooklynBugle

    Correct. Yauch attended Friends Seminary. Post update. Homer says, “It was late, I was amped up and got a little nutty with the facts.”

  • Arch Stanton

    Topham, “vulgar American celebrity worship” You may have a valid point on that but to make fun of Adam’s surname is truly tasteless. Adam was a vey nice guy.

  • Alec

    In MCA’s honor, we should all bring 40s to the park this weekend.

  • Naomi

    Hooray! The Beasties have long been and likely always will be one of my all time favorite bands. Adam Yauch was crazy talented, and worked for great good in world. I was heart broken to see him go, but am thrilled about Adam Yauck Park. Hopefully the ceremony is open, I’d love to be there!

  • GHB

    Topham, no comments about his Jewish mother?

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  • Dan Ambrose

    “I don’t get blind, I don’t drink wine/
    I took A sledge hammer and I broke my nine/
    Because my life is mine, word is bond I rhyme” -MCA

  • PierrepontSkin

    So, do you just wake up in the morning and go “how can I be scum today?”

    I DARE you to same something nice, just once.

  • Alec

    I am pretty sure that park has some iron bear sculptures in it. Perhaps they should now add a brass monkey (that funky monkey).

  • Kevin Bednarz

    Swing by Littlefield on DeGraw St in Brooklyn 11am on SATURDAY for MCADAY Celebration 2013! DJs, Artwork, fun & GRATITUDE!

  • Shammit

    you’re so totally meta…

  • Joe A

    Get off my lawn!

  • Wiley E.

    It’s open to the public.

  • BrainImplant

    love this. respect to mca. if you assholes don’t know what a shadowpool is go and learn it here.

  • k

    Yauch attended Brooklyn Friends, not Friends Seminary.

  • BrooklynBugle

    Source for that is here:,8599,2044758,00.html

    Would Brooklyn Friends be referred to in the same way? It would make sense he went there since he’s from the area.

  • BrooklynBugle

    Other reports say Murrow fwiw. Updating post.

  • petercow

    Like a pimp, I’m pimpin’
    Got a boat to eat shrimp in,
    Nothing wrong with my leg, just b-boy limpin’.

  • petercow

    You see I’m a city slicker, I ain’t no townie.
    Right now, I wish I had another hash brownie.

  • john

    So I gotta know what a shadowpool is.

  • Todd Simmons

    Excellent news! Well deserved honor for the late great Yauch.