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Beastie Boys’ Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch Will Be Honored With Renaming of Brooklyn Playground

Adam Yauch
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Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, who went by the MCA moniker in the rap trio, passed away at 47 last year on May 4, after a long battle with salivary gland cancer. The musician was a loud and proud Brooklynite, and his love for the borough and his memory will be preserved tomorrow (May 3) when Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., is renamed Adam Yauch Park.

A ceremony is slated for 11 a.m. at the park, located at Atlantic Ave., Columbia Pl., and State St.

Local officials, his bandmate Adam Horovitz aka Ad-Rock, his parents Noel and Frances and other members of the Yauch family will be on hand to celebrate the christening of the park under its new name.

Yauch grew up on State St. in the Heights and this particular park was actually where he learned how to ride his bike. The park is located in the southernmost portion of Brooklyn Heights. It includes full and half basketball courts, a community garden, a greenhouse, a small fitness area, an open play space, drinking fountains and a dog run.

Sounds like a great place to spend some time and a pleasant way to enjoy a neighborhood in the 718.

In other Beasties news, Horovitz and other surviving member Michael Diamond (Mike D) will be penning an atypical memoir about the group.

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