A children's playground in Brooklyn, New York will be renamed after late Beastie Boys member Adam "MCA" Yauch on Friday (May 3rd), according to NME.com. The Palmetto Playground in the Brooklyn Heights area of the New York City borough will rechristened the Adam Yauch Playground during a brief ceremony. Yauch grew up in the neighborhood and spent some time at the park as a child.
- The ceremony comes nearly a year to the day that Yauch died of cancer at the age of 47 on May 4th, 2012.
- After his death last year, the New York state senate passed a resolution in memoriam of Yauch, writing that he "exemplified New York" and helped rejuvenate the city during the band's influential early years.
- It was reported earlier this week that surviving Beastie Boys members Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond signed a deal with Random House to write a memoir, although they intend to make the book a multidimensional experience" with a "strong visual component."
- The yet-to-be-titled book is scheduled to be published in the fall of 2015.
LISTENERS' POLL: Does Adam Yauch deserve to have a playground named after him?
INTERNET COMMENTS at BrooklynHeightsBlog.com -- agree or not?
Naomi wrote: "Hooray! The Beasties have long been and likely always will be one of my all time favorite bands. Adam Yauch was crazy talented, and worked for great good in world. Hopefully the ceremony is open, I'd love to be there!"
Alec wrote: "In MCA's honor, we should all bring 40s to the park this weekend."
Bob Stone wrote: "Sounds good. In all the years since it was named by Henry Stern, I've never heard anyone call it Palmetto Playground."
Topham Beauclerk wrote: "Another instance of vulgar American celebrity worship. And Yauch? Does anyone really want to speak such an ugly syllable? It sounds like an exclamation of disgust."
PierrepontSkin wrote: "So Topham, do you just wake up in the morning and go 'how can I be scum today?'"
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