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Brooklyn Heights, Celebrity Residents

Reader Report: Someone Stole A Photo From The Shrine At Adam Yauch Park

May 30, 2013

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:

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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Brooklyn Heights, Celebrity Residents, Music

Adam Yauch To Be Honored At 2013 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

May 19, 2013

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.

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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Report: Palmetto Playground To Be Renamed Adam Yauch Park On Friday

April 28, 2013

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.


Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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