MCA in NYC: Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch has a park named after him in Brooklyn
There has been a lot of Beastie Boys news of late, ranging from the group's planned memoir to an animated interview with Mike D, Ad-Rock, and MCA from 1985. Now one of the Beastie Boys has been honored with a park named after him in Brooklyn. MCA, whose real name Adam Yauch, passed away a year ago from throat cancer and the New York City Parks & Recreation Department paid tribute to the rap legend by renaming a park in Brooklyn Heights "Adam Yauch Park."
— NYC Parks & Rec. (@NYCParks) May 3, 2013
Yauch's parents, fellow Beastie Boy Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) and Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz were in attendance at the dedication of the playground. In his remarks, Markowitz took a shot at spitting some lyrics, saying "So now we rename Adam Yauch playground—for a Brooklyn boy and king of sound—his impact on our city was quite profound—best of the best, pound for pound."
In the Beastie Boys anthem, "No Sleep til Brooklyn," MCA famously repped his home borough, rhyming "Born and bred in Brooklyn the U.S.A./They call me Adam Yauch but I’m M.C.A." As a kid Yauch used to play at the park that is now named for him and learned to ride his bike there.