Adam Yauch Park Dedication Friday, May 3: The Main Event

The official dedication ceremony for Adam Yauch Park, at Columbia Place and State Street, took place Friday, May 3, on a picture perfect Brooklyn Heights morning.

Among those sharing memories of the late musician, who died from cancer May 4, 2012, were his mother, Frances Yauch; fellow Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz; Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz; the group’s longtime manager John Silva; Former NY Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe; and City Council member Stephen Levin. (Photos: CT)

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  • Wiley E.

    Wonderful tribute to Adam today. Large crowd, inspiring speeches,
    beautiful setting. Proud to live in Willowtown, and proud to claim MCA
    as a true Brooklynite. His spirit will live forever.

  • Wiley E.

    The park has changed a lot in 40-years. The basketball courts used to be where the community garden and dog run are now. The current park was remodeled about 20-years ago.

    Then the Brooklyn Heights piers were still actively used for shipping, and 360 Furman Street was still industrial. (They used to manufacture sheep skin coats there. I can still remember the smell.) All of 360 was used for warehousing and manufacturing. Totally different place now from the 1970s.

    Montero’s on Atlantic Avenue was in it’s prime as a Sailor’s Bar, and lots of drunks and fights on the streets day and night. The hookers used to run wild through the State Street Park to Columbia Place after “rolling” the sailors of their pay at Montero’s.

    The 70s grit is gone now. Times have changed, but that was the real environment that Adam saw and lived through 40-years ago as a child in our park. Not the same place as you see today.

  • Matthew Parker

    Ad Rock wearing Stan Smiths! Where was Mike D?

  • Boerum Bill

    A great day, indeed! But where was Mike D? He lives a few blocks away!