This weekend will be rife with memories of late Beastie Boys musician Adam Yauch and the celebration of his life began Friday (May 3) in Brooklyn Heights, New York where the park where he played as a kid was officially named Adam Yauch Park in his honor. Today (May 4) officially marks the one-year anniversary of his death and there has been a movement over the last year to rename the Palmetto Playground in honor of the man also known as MCA.
The New York Daily News reports that friends, family, fans as well as his longtime Beastie Boys bandmate Adam Horovitz were on hand for the dedication ceremony Friday (May 3). Yauch’s mother, Frances, told the paper, “I just feel so delighted for this recognition. He’s had recognition from the whole world, but somehow to have this is my own back yard is really very nice.”
Yauch grew up five blocks from the park and used to ride his bike and skateboard to the playground. Frances Yauch recalls taking her son to the park to learn how to ride a bicycle, and she says there’s a great sense of pride knowing that the place where he spent so much time as a kid now carries his name.
Horovitz also recalls special times at the park, stating, “Me and Adam, we were hanging out in high school late one night and we were walking around Brooklyn and we ended up in this park and he told me how he used to play in this park. I think he’d think it was pretty f—ing cool!”
The news of the Adam Yauch Park was also a popular topic on Twitter, where a number of musicians weighed in with thoughts.
@beastieboys thank you to our friends+family for making Adam Yauch Park happen today. (especially my sister Rachael) @adrock pic.twitter.com/NLVJfibTvS
@paparoach Brooklyn named a park after Adam “MCA” Yauch of #BeastieBoys! That’s awesome. #hiphop
@SavingAbel Super cool that Adam MCA Yauch from @beastieboys got a park in NYC named after him When I think of true New Yorkers they’re who come to mind
Yauch passed away after a three-year battle with cancer of the parotid that spread to a nearby lymph node. The celebrations of his life continued all day with MCA Day, an art installation taking place at Brooklyn’s Littlefield performance and art space.