Brooklyn Heights Blog » adam yauch park Dispatches from America's first suburb Thu, 18 Jul 2019 02:12:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 “Day at the Park” Honors MCA This Saturday at Adam Yauch Park Wed, 03 May 2017 04:14:57 +0000

No sleep til Brooklyn! The organizers of MCA Day are hosting “A Day in the Park” in honor of beloved Beastie Boy, Adam “MCA” Yauch.  The event takes place this Saturday, May 6th in Adam Yauch Park from Noon to 4pm.

Come bask in the sunshine at Adam Yauch Park, play some basketball, listen to some music and gather with a community of people dedicated to keeping Yauch’s legacy burning strong. As always: all ages & free for all lifestyles, shapes and forms. Come join us!

Today, (Thursday) May 5th marks the fifth anniversary of Yauch’s passing.  Palmetto Park, where he played basketball as a child, was renamed in his honor in May of 2013.   Yauch, a Brooklyn Heights native, parlayed his notoriety into activism.  After becoming Buddhist, Yauch organized the Tibetan Freedom Concert, a concert still held annually at Carnegie Hall.  Saturday’s gathering is a celebration of his life and music.

*Photo via MCA Day

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Swastikas, Trump, And A Kids Park: A Personal Note Sat, 19 Nov 2016 02:30:57 +0000 It’s Mrs. Fink. Hey!  I haven’t been here much.  Besides my daughter, my husband loved (LOVED) this blog and this community more than anything.

So, it’s hard for me.  Baby Fink, as Homer lovingly called her, had to witness his death in our Brooklyn Heights apartment.  That she, or ANY of our children have to witness the death of our country and our ideals on the playground we frequented? NOPE. No fucking way.

We took Baby Fink to Adam Yauch Park when it was named.  We spoke of his truths, his faith, the songs good and silly, and that he left this world peacefully.  We did this because we knew some of the people involved, we shared a love of music and, well. Our right to party!

I’m waiting for people to “teenage prank” this away.  Maybe it’s true, but, frankly, I don’t care.  Not one fucking iota. You don’t get to (incorrectly I might add) paint swastikas where our children play. Not precocious, not cute, just really, really racist.

My husband loved this community, this blog, the power of US.  Do NOT let us down. Just fucking don’t do it.

Let’s fight for our rights to justice,

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Adam Yauch Park Defaced With Hateful Graffitti – Electeds Organize “Stand Up Against Hate” For This Sunday Sat, 19 Nov 2016 02:16:20 +0000

Hate is on our doorstep, where our children play. On Friday afternoon a resident alerted Senator Daniel Squadron’s office that Adam Yauch Park playground had been defaced with swastikas and the message, “Go Trump.”  The Daily News reports The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident and the Parks Department is in the process of removing the offensive graffiti.


Image courtesy Office of Daniel Squadron

In response, elected officials and community leaders immediately organized an event for this Sunday to “Stand Up Against Hate.” 

State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congresswoman Velázquez, Councilmembers Brad Lander & Stephen Levin, elected officials, community and faith leaders invite the community to denounce hate in our neighborhood and across the country. 

The gathering  is scheduled for this Sunday at 11:30 am at Adam Yauch Park, located on State Street between Columbia and Willow Place.

UPDATE: Per a press release on Sunday morning, the blog can confirm the attendance of Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz (Ad Rock), the Anti-Defamation League, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Tish James and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

Numerous music industry publications have reported the incident including Billboard and Pitchfork. Adam Yauch, a.k.a MCA was a founding member of the seminal hip-hop group, The Beastie Boys.  Like his two surviving band mates, Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) and Michael Diamond (Mike D), Yauch was Jewish.  The park was posthumously renamed in Yauch’s honor in 2013 after his death from cancer in May 2012. Horovitz is scheduled to attend.

Officials announced the event via social media.  In one of several tweets, Daniel Squadron invited the President-Elect.


Councilmember Brad Lander released a statement via his Facebook page, “Yet more hatred and anti-Semitism from Trump supporters. Swastikas on the playground equipment in Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn Heights.

Adam Yauch is weeping for our country. His mom was Jewish. He was a practicing Buddhist. He spoke out against Islamophobia. And though some of the Beastie Boys early lyrics were homophobic and misogynist, they later apologized, in an open-heared and earnest way. “I want to say a little something that’s long overdue/The disrespect to women has got to be through.”

#NeverIsNow #WeveSeenThisBefore

*Cover photo Flickr Creative Commons/Sam Beebe


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Willowtown Spring Fair Coming Saturday, May 17 Fri, 09 May 2014 04:04:20 +0000

We have word from Ben Bankson (in striped shirt in photo, at last year’s Fair) that this year’s Willowtown Spring Fair will be Saturday, May 17 from noon to 5:00 p.m., on Willow Place (between Joralemon and State streets). This year’s Fair will feature a pet parade. Participants and pets should assemble in Adam Yauch Park at 3:15. From there, professional dog walker Nadine Bilgore will lead a procession around Willowtown, with a pause for karaoke led by DJ Domingo Ampil. At the end of the march, Rocco & Jezebel will provide bags of treats.

Willowtown resident historian and author Amity Shlaes will sell copies of the new graphic version, with drawings by Paul Rivoche, of her 2007 book The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression. In addition to the karaoke, live music will be provided by The Five Deadly Venoms, a Brooklyn-born and based bluegrass band named for a Kung Fu movie.

There will be food from Iris Cafe, a wine tasting presented by Waterfront Wines & Spirits, a tug-of-war, three legged races for adults and kids, a jumpy castle, and more.

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Reader Report: Someone Stole A Photo From The Shrine At Adam Yauch Park Fri, 31 May 2013 02:15:52 +0000 Adam Yauch Park:
[Someone stole stuff] from the Adam Yauch memorial in the playground. weirdly, they took the photo and the candle glass, but left the frame and the wax.
The memorial was added the weekend of the park's dedication to the Beastie Boy, who grew up in Brooklyn Heights. He died of cancer in 2012. The shrine included a 1995 photo of Yauch, a devout Buddhist, and the Dalai Lama taken in Boston:]]>

BHB reader/Instagram user “condimented” sends us this dispatch and photo regarding Adam Yauch Park:

[Someone stole stuff] from the Adam Yauch memorial in the playground. weirdly, they took the photo and the candle glass, but left the frame and the wax.

The memorial was added the weekend of the park’s dedication to the Beastie Boy, who grew up in Brooklyn Heights. He died of cancer in 2012. The shrine included a 1995 photo of Yauch, a devout Buddhist, and the Dalai Lama taken in Boston:

The memorial as it was (photo via KRRB)

Yauch’s fellow Beastie Boy, Adam “Ad-Roc” Horovitz, recently auctioned off limited edition Beastie Boys watches to benefit the park. They’ve since sold out but donations for the park’s upkeep can be made here.

And while Adam Yauch Park is still a great place for kids to play, it is also becoming, like Jim Morrison’s grave at Pére-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, a destination for Beastie’s fans from around to world to pay their respects as these social media posts attest:

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Adam Yauch To Be Honored At 2013 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Sun, 19 May 2013 17:04:37 +0000

Following May 3rd’s ceremony in Brooklyn Heights dedicating the newly named Adam Yauch Park in honor of the late Beastie Boy, the childhood Heights’ resident will now be acknowledged with a special tribute at the 2013 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Yauch, a.k.a. MCA, lost his battle with cancer in May 2012, at age 47.

Wes Jackson, executive director of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, tells ABC News, “We reached out to (bandmate) Ad Rock right after MCA passed last year and asked if there was anything we could do to help celebrate the life of his brother. It was so soon that we were hesitant to even reach out. We wanted to give them space and time.”

But now, Jackson says, “We couldn’t go another year without taking time out to honor what MCA did for our culture and our music.” Included in the tribute will be a moment of silence in Yauch’s memory.

The ninth annual festival, July 10-13 around the borough, will feature headline sets from Redman, EPMD and Pusha T. Established in 2005, it is designed to showcase “the positive aspects of hip-hop culture by highlighting its legacy as an agent of artistic progression, community building and social change,” according to the festival website. In addition to musical performances, it offers panel discussions, exhibitions, parties, an awards show and a family-friendly block party.

The festival kicks off July 10 with its Bodega Education Initiative (BEI), a political forum at The Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights.

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Adam Yauch Park Dedication Friday, May 3: The Main Event Fri, 03 May 2013 18:35:00 +0000

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)

video via Gothamist

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Adam Yauch Park Dedication: The Morning’s Program Fri, 03 May 2013 18:34:12 +0000

The official dedication of Adam Yauch Park this morning at Columbia Place and State Street featured numerous speeches praising the musician and activist’s contributions to music—and his Brooklyn home. The event program is below. (CT)

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Adam Yauch Park Dedication May 3: Participant Quotes Fri, 03 May 2013 18:32:13 +0000

Among those sharing memories at the dedication of Adam Yauch Park today were his mother, Frances Yauch; fellow Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz; Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz; the group’s longtime manager John Silva; and City Council member Stephen Levin. Following are some choice quotes… . (CT)

Marty Markowitz

Adam was one of New York’s most influential native sons. Before GQ declared Brooklyn the coolest city on the planet, he was among the innovative pioneers that helped put Brooklyn on the map. Adam always made Brooklyn proud.”

Longtime Beastie Boys manager John Sliva

Adam brought a sense of joy and playfulness to his work—and to our lives. This park will foster future generations of artists like Adam.

Adam Horowitz

Adam was a New York kid who was always curious and ultimately awesome. Today’s we’re honoring my friend and my brother. How cool is it to have Adam Yauch Park here for other crazy kids?

Frances Yauch (mother)

When he was a child, we played Mozart and Elizabethan music for Adam, so that he would love music all of his life. The Beastie Boys rehearsed on the top floor of our house—and they made the windows rattle. It’s amazing that our neighbors never complained.
They began playing at CBGB’s, then released an album, and warmed up for Madonna’s Like A Virgin Tour. To our utter astonishment, the Beastie Boys then became famous.
We’re so proud to have this park in his name.

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Adam Yauch Park Dedication: Beastie Of Burden’s Cool Ride Fri, 03 May 2013 18:31:52 +0000

You can’t top this for a cool ride to today’s dedication ceremony of Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn Heights. Note the sentiment across the trunk: “RIP MCA.” (CT)

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#MCADay Open Thread: Adam Yauch Park Fri, 03 May 2013 02:52:36 +0000

Share your thoughts about Adam Yauch Park, the Beastie Boys in the comments below.

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Dedication Of Brooklyn Heights’ Adam Yauch Park Draws National Media Attention Thu, 02 May 2013 21:15:39 +0000

On the eve of Friday’s official dedication of the Adam Yauch Park—which up to now has been known as Palmetto Playground—the national media is aflame with coverage of the renaming. Yauch grew up in Brooklyn Heights on State Street before achieving fame as a member of the Beastie Boys. The musician, filmmaker and activist died of cancer May 4, 2012 at the age of 47.

The idea of a park’s rededication was first floated by “She’s Crafty” on the Brooklyn Heights Blog last May. BHB founder Homer Fink established a Facebook page, which quickly fostered support from the Heights community.

The dedication ceremony is set for Friday at 11 a.m., and will be attended by Beastie Boy Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, Yauch’s parents & family members, Brooklyn Borough prez Marty Markowitz and Sen. Daniel Squadron, who penned a resolution that paid tribute to Yauch’s contributions to New York.

According to the NYC Parks Department, Adam Yauch Park features both full and half basketball courts (fitting for the lifelong hoops fan), a community garden, greenhouse, fitness area and dog run. The Department notes: “A pioneer in the worlds of music, social activism and film, Yauch was not only a founding member of the Beastie Boys, but also established the Milrepa Fund that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and created the film-production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories.”

An online search for Palmetto Park on the NYC Department of Parks website already has it retitled as Adam Yauch Park.

Time magazine highlights:

Beastie Boy emcee Adam “MCA” Yauch inspired generations of music lovers to fight—either for their right to party or for the rights of Tibetans. In return for his years of activism and music, fans fought for the right to name a Brooklyn playground after him.

Tomorrow, Beastie Boys Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond are expected to join (a host of others) to honor Yauch, by renaming the Palmetto Playground on Brooklyn’s State Street as the “Adam Yauch Playground.”

Yauch was a Brooklyn native who grew up on State Street. Initially reports surfaced that fellow Beastie Boy Ad-Rock was working with the NYC Parks Department to christen State Street Park basketball courts (where Yauch used to hang out) for the late rapper. The movement to rename the park grew, with fans getting onboard with the plan thanks to a post on the Brooklyn Heights Blog that gained steam on Facebook, with efforts shifting to the adjacent Palmetto Playground.

Yauch died from throat cancer a year ago this Saturday at the age of 47, only weeks after the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


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, 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 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. “Not long after the passing of Mr. Yauch, there began to be a movement within the community to properly recognize his contributions to Brooklyn Heights and to the city as a whole,” Levin told

Initially, Squibb Park, now an access point to Brooklyn Bridge Park, was considered but the park was already named for Dr. Edward Robinson Squibb, founder of Squibb Pharmaceuticals that later became part of Bristol-Myers Squibb. So as to not upset the family of Dr. Squibb, who established his first laboratory nearby, a different park was considered. The search zeroed in on Palmetto Playground.

“So we started to explore other options and this wonderful playground that’s on the street Adam grew up on, Palmetto, that idea kind of came to the forefront,” Levin said. The park, located in the southwest tip of Brooklyn Heights, was a choice option not just because of its proximity to Yauch’s childhood home. “That name, Palmetto, is not tied to any historical relatives to the playground itself; it’s a reference to the state of South Carolina [the Palmetto State],” Levin said. “It was something developed by former Parks Commissioner Henry Stern back in the ’90s where there were various aspects of Brooklyn Heights that correlated to the state of South Carolina.”

Once the location was chosen, it was all “smooth sailing,” says Levin, who added that there was immediate support from the New York City Parks Department and from the Brooklyn Heights community. The decision to rename that particular playground might have been easy, but the decision to honor MCA with such a tribute was even easier.

“There’s no question that he represents in so many ways Brooklyn and New York, certainly for the generation I grew up in and others,” New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, who represents the area, told “The renaming of a playground that hopefully generations who really understand the feel and the importance that Yauch communicated to a wide audience, to the city and beyond, is really important.”

Sen. Squadron, a lifelong Beastie Boys fan, introduced a resolution last year honoring Yauch on the Senate floor. In the remembrance, Squadron’s resolution noted that the “Beastie Boys exemplified New York through a period in which grassroots creativity and a community of iconoclastic artists helped redefine and rejuvenate a city on the ropes, with iconic imagery from Brooklyn to Ludlow Street.”

The New York Post also weighs in:

Beastie Boys fans fought for the right to rename a Brooklyn Heights playground after the group’s late founding member Adam “MCA” Yauch—and won. City officials and members of the legendary hip-hop band are expected to gather Friday at Palmetto Playground on State Street for a ceremonial renaming in honor of the Brooklyn Heights native. The site will be called “Adam Yauch Playground.”

Beastie Boys Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond are expected to join Borough President Marty Markowitz, Councilman Steve Levin and Parks Commissioner Veronica White in honoring Yauch.

The movement to rename the park grew out of a post last year on the Brooklyn Heights Blog that gained steam on Facebook. At first, fans pushed to have nearby Squibb Park renamed in Yauch’s honor, but Brooklyn Heights residents said such a name change would dishonor pharmaceutical giant Edward Robinson Squibb. Squibb opened his first lab where Squibb Park now sits at Middagh Street. Fans then pushed for the renaming of Palmetto Playground and were met with little opposition.

According to the Parks Department’s web site, Palmetto Playground’s nomenclature has little to do with Brooklyn and stretches all the way to South Carolina. “It was inspired by the names of the surrounding streets: Atlantic Avenue, Columbia Place, and State Street,” the web site says. “Columbia is the capitol of South Carolina, an Atlantic state, and the state tree is the Cabbage Palmetto, hence, Palmetto Playground.”

The late Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch’s name will soon be etched on a NYC Parks sign in the neighborhood he called home. The park’s new name will be “Adam Yauch Playground,” according to the Brooklyn Heights Blog.

“Excellent news!” wrote local resident Todd Simmons. “Well deserved honor for the late great Yauch.” A movement to rename the park gained steam in May of 2012 after Yauch died of throat cancer at age 47.

Yauch supporters originally wanted Squibb Park named for the famous Beastie Boy but felt the nearby Palmetto Playground, where Yauch often played as a child, was a more suitable choice. Yauch was fond of touting his Brooklyn cred over the course of his career.

More coverage: Rolling Stone, MTV

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Report: Palmetto Playground To Be Renamed Adam Yauch Park On Friday Mon, 29 Apr 2013 03:05:49 +0000

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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The BHB Ten 2012 Sun, 06 Jan 2013 23:28:59 +0000 first list in 2008, we've limited candidates to those currently living in Brooklyn Heights. As you'll see in this year's list we've opened things up a bit, thanks in part to your input.This year's BHB Ten, after the jump.]]>

This year marks a different kind of BHB Ten. Since the first list in 2008, we’ve limited candidates to those currently living in Brooklyn Heights. As you’ll see in this year’s list we’ve opened things up a bit, thanks in part to your input.

And now, this year’s BHB Ten:

Joe Lhota – The former MTA chairman is a likely candidate for mayor this year and if you believe what you read in the papers, he’s already shaking things up.

Photo courtesy dnainfo

Lena Dunham – St. Ann’s graduate and writer/star of the hit HBO series Girls moved back the Brooklyn Heights in 2012 — a stellar year for the writer/actress that included inking a $3.5 million dollar book deal, series renewal, a must-to-follow Twitter feed and by far the most memorable cameo on the Emmys. Add to that her current romance with fun.‘s Jack Antonoff – whose band is up for nominations in all four major Grammy categories – and you’ve got the makings of a nextgen Brooklyn Heights power couple.

Craig R. Whitney – The author and former NY Times reporter released Living with Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment in November. In light of the proliferation of gun violence in 2012 and the subsequent rhetoric from all sides, his book is a must-read.

Dan Patterson – After a successful run as ABC News Radio’s “digital guy”, the Henry Street resident founded KoPoint. Landing somewhere between the Nerdist empire and NPR, Patterson produced podcasts are a must listen for anyone looking for a fresh perspective on everything from politics to the zombie apocalypse.

via Twitter

Rachel Graville and Iris Cafe – The weekend after Sandy hit our area, the folks at Iris Cafe opened up their empty storefront on Atlantic Avenue to serve as a dropoff point for the relief efforts via the Red Hook Initiative.

Raf pic via MySpace

Raf (the Leo) Perez, Mr. Video III – Perez began working at Mr. Video III in 1994 and bought the shop in 2011 from owner Joseph Pell. Perez was nominated by BHB commenter MonroeOrange and seconded, eloquently, by commenter “Heather”: “Mr Video or Heights of Video as it is now named, is an institution to our nabe. It’s owner, Rafael Perez, grew up in the heights and in his early 30s took over the store for all of us to still be able to hold videos and DVDs in our hands – read the boxes – and see one another in person and ask how we are doing. Imagine that in this day and age. Definitely our Video Store! Who can say that anymore? We are fortunate to have this institution and Raf Perez in our community keeping us all entertained for 25 years.”
Ana Gasteyer shouts out the store on Jimmy Kimmel

Photo: Claude Scales

Charlie Sahadi – Anyone who knows Sahadi’s realizes that the existence of the store alone is worthy of a place on the BHB Ten. Charlie expanded the store last year and continues to be a great neighbor.

Sahmi with Montague BID board member Estela Johannesen in 2009

Sam (Sahmi) Rum – The owner of Pet Emporium has been called the “Mayor of Montague Street“. He earns a spot on the list for his generosity as noted by commenter “GHB” who says Sam was “very generous when it came to getting supplies out to help canine and feline victims of Sandy.”

Nancy Rommelman – Released on New Year’s Day 2012, her real-life short story The Queens of Montague Street provided a rare peek into 1970s teenage life in Brooklyn Heights. While the author now lives in Portland, Oregon her tale was a great contribution to the neighborhood in 2012. It also landed on the Longreads Top 10 of 2012. Rommelman is also a frequent contributor to the Growing up in Brooklyn Heights Facebook group. In 2008, she wrote about another Brooklyn Heights native the infamous author Laura Albert aka JT Leroy for LA Weekly. On New Year’s Day 2013, she published Transportation: Stories.

Adam Yauch and Frank Macchiarola – We lost two influential people with Brooklyn Heights ties in 2012. Mr. Yauch grew up in Brooklyn Heights and Mr. Macchiarola led St. Francis College for many years. Beyond our neighborhood, Mr. Yauch’s artistic work with the Beastie Boys influenced his generation (and many more to come). His humanitarian efforts via the Milarepa Fund raised international awareness the struggles in Tibet. The NY Times obituary of Mr. Macchiarola called him “canniest and most effective New York City schools chancellors of the last half-century.” Both men dedicated their lives to making our world a better place. If the effort to rename the basketball courts at Palmetto Playground is stil in motion, wouldn’t it be great if adjoining playground area were to be dedicated to Mr. Macchiarola?

Publisher’s Note: There were many other great choices for the list this year. I thought about adding an “Honorable Mention” paragraph in this post but thought it would be much more fitting for you, the BHB Community, to add yours in the comments below.

On a personal note, thanks for your continued support in 2012. We look forward to serving our community in 2013 and beyond.

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Fox 5 NY: Parks Department “Looking into” Plan to Name Park After Adam Yauch Thu, 24 May 2012 03:04:34 +0000

Fox 5 NY’s Heather Brown filed a report this evening confirming that the NYC Parks Department is “looking into” naming a park after Beastie Boy/Brooklyn Heights native Adam “MCA” Yauch who died of cancer earlier this month.

Yesterday, we reported that the BHB community’s effort and Facebook page to rename Squibb Park after the musician and humanitarian was being refocused to support a plan by one of the surviving Beastie Boys, Adam Horovitz, to name the State Street basketball courts (and perhaps adjoining Palmetto Playground) after MCA. Yauch grew up a few blocks away from the park.

Watch the report after the jump.

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Adam Yauch Park Closer to Reality: On State Street In Brooklyn Heights Wed, 23 May 2012 01:17:28 +0000

The Brooklyn Heights Blog community’s effort (ignited by “She’s Crafty”) to rename Squibb Park to Adam Yauch Park went viral today.

Our Facebook page now has more than 1,300 “Likes” and the idea has been covered by the Hollywood Reporter, Gothamist and 1010WINS Radio, to name a few. But a funny thing happened on the way to critical mass: We found out about an effort by Adam “AdRock” Horovitz and his wife Kathleen Hanna to fix up and rename the baseketball courts at State Street Park after Yauch.

Late this afternoon Ms. Hanna contacted us via Facebook, saying:

I just wanted to let you know that Adam “Adrock” Horovitz has already begun working with the Parks Commissioner to fix up and rename State Street Park where Yauch actually played as a kid to Adam Yauch Park. It would be great to get people behind THIS idea as it won’t hurt the Squibb family….Thanks, Kathleen Hanna

Since receiving that dispatch, we have confirmed with the Beastie Boys management and publicist that this plan is real and going forward. Right now the effort is focused on the basketball courts and not necessarily adjoining Palmetto Playground.

The Brooklyn Heights Blog community ENTHUSIASTICALLY supports this idea. We have updated the Facebook page* to reflect this and encourage all those who agree, their friends, family and friends of friends to continue to “Like” the page and share our strong desire to make Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn Heights a reality.

*Note that Facebook does not allow users to change names of pages with 200+ likes. While the name of our page remains the same, we no longer advocate changing the name of Squibb Park. We are 100% committed to doing all we can to making Adam Yauch Park a reality on State Street.

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Let’s Make It Happen: Rename Squibb Park to Adam Yauch Park Thu, 17 May 2012 01:06:55 +0000

Commenter “She’s Crafty” suggested in a comment on BHB that Squibb Park be renamed Adam Yauch Park to honor the Brooklyn Heights native and Beastie Boy MC who died earlier this month at the age of 47.

We couldn’t agree more. We hope you do too. A Facebook page has been set up to garner support and we encourage you to “like” it as well as voice and share your thoughts here in the comments.

Here’s our brief mission statement from FB:

Squibb Park in Brooklyn Heights, NY is currently undergoing a transformation into a skateboarding facility and gateway to Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Brooklyn Heights Blog community believes that it would be a fitting tribute to name it after Brooklyn Heights native, musician, humanitarian Adam Yauch (MCA) of the Beastie Boys. Adam Yauch Park sits directly across the street from the Harry Chapin Playground which is also named after a great Brooklyn Heights resident, musician and humanitarian. To show your support please like this page and share with your friends.

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Squadron (Figuratively) Pours One Out for Beastie Boy, Brooklyn Heights Native Adam Yauch in NYS Senate Wed, 16 May 2012 17:06:19 +0000

Our man in the NYS Senate, Daniel Squadron honored fallen Beastie Boy/Brooklyn Heights native Adam Yauch today with a resolution on the Senate floor. Yauch, who died of throat cancer May 4, was recognized by Squadron for his contribution to music as well as his humanitarian work.

Details and video from a presser after the jump:

State Senator Daniel Squadron honored Beastie Boys founder Adam “MCA” Yauch with a resolution on the Senate floor. The resolution, which recognizes Yauch’s and the Beastie Boys’ major contributions to music, as well as Yauch’s political activism, passed the Senate yesterday afternoon.

Yauch grew up in Brooklyn Heights and the Beastie Boys grew to prominence via the East Village and Lower East Side music scene.

The Squadron resolution reads in part: “Whereas, The music and message of the Beastie Boys evolved over the years, but they can’t, won’t, don’t stop changing the face of hip-hop, of music, and of our culture. Whereas, The Beastie Boys exemplified New York through a period in which grassroots creativity and a community of iconoclastic artists helped redefine and rejuvenate a city on the ropes, with iconic imagery from Brooklyn to Ludlow Street.”

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Remembering Brooklyn Heights Native Beastie Boy MC Adam Yauch Sat, 05 May 2012 01:35:31 +0000

Beastie Boys member MC Adam “MCA” Yauch, who died today at age 47 from cancer, grew up in Brooklyn Heights, where he taught himself to play bass as a teen and formed the trio with Mike “Mike D” Diamond & Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz on his 17th birthday. Mike D, meanwhile, was a graduate of local St. Ann’s School.

Despite bios alleging Yauch was raised in Midwood, Brooklyn, he actually attended Edward R. Murrow High School in that nabe and was raised in the Heights, according to numerous obituary posts Friday.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz issued the following statement: “Brooklyn, the Creative Capital of New York City, has made so many great contributions to music and the arts, and in the world of hip hop, they don’t come much bigger than Brooklyn native Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch and his fellow Beastie Boys. Of course, Adam’s home borough was immortalized in the Beastie Boys’ 1987 hit, ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn,’ and he never forgot where he came from with lyrics like ‘Open Letter to NYC’’s ‘At lunch I’d go to Blimpies down on Montague Street and hit the Fulton Street Mall for the sneakers on my feet.'”

Yauch was an only child, the son of painter Frances and architect Noel Yauch. After forming the Beasties, then a hardcore punk band, the white trio meshed punk and rap into a singular sensation, breaking through hip-hop racial barriers with blockbuster 1986 album “Licensed to Ill” on Russell Simmons’ Def Jam Records. The trio is regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop acts of all time, and helped turn the genre into a mainstream force around the world. Beastie Boys are, of course, best known for teen angst anthem “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party).” In all, the group sold 40 million albums and had four No. 1 records.

Yauch also directed Beastie Boys’ videos as well as 2008 basketball documentary “Gunnin’ for #1 Spot,” and he ran a film production and distribution company. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

He was diagnosed with a cancerous salivary gland in 2009, and had been undergoing treatment for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node, which prevented him from attending the Beasties April induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. The group had not performed together since 2009.

BHB reader Hoppy recognizes that the group had Brooklyn Heights in its blood and lyrics in this OTW comment: “I’m saddened by the death of Brooklyn Heights’ own MCA.”

Some locally relevant lyrics:
“Every Morning I Took The Train To High Street Station
Doing Homework On The Train, What A F**ked Up Situation”

-Root Down

“So I’m out pickin’ pockets at the Atlantic Antic
And nobody wants to hear you cause your rhymes are so frantic”


Mrs. Fink adds via Facebook: “In 2004’s ‘Open Letter to NYC,’ Adam Yauch prayed ‘Dear New York I hope you’re doing well/I know a lot’s happen and you’ve been through hell/So we give thanks for providing a home.’ I always thought if it as a prayer somehow… And, in turn, I wish the same for him on this next step of his journey.”

And BHB founder Homer Fink offers: “The Beastie Boys influenced a generation. As program director of WNYU backintheday, your humble publisher got to witness the birth of the band. My old pal Timmy Sommer helped them along by playing their music on his legendary “Noise the Show.” This intro was immortalized on the band’s 1994 compilation Some Old Bullshit:

Our thoughts are with Yauch’s family and our many friends who worked with him closely for most of the band’s career.”

Please share your thoughts below.

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BK Tweets: Reaction to the Death of Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys Sat, 05 May 2012 01:26:04 +0000

Brooklyn Bloggers, luminaries and fans took to Twitter in reaction to the death of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch today:

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