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Petition Aims To Name A Manhattan Corner After The Beastie Boys

Leroy McCarthy, film location scout who unsuccessfully petitioned to name a Brooklyn corner after the late Notorious B.I.G. back in October, has a new petition underway, which today aims to honor the Beastie Boys.

After his first failed attempt to christen the corner of St. James Place and Fulton Street Christopher Wallace Way, McCarthy is now issuing an appeal asking Manhattan’s Community Board 3 and New York’s City Council to name the intersection of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street “Beastie Boys Square.”

The aforementioned intersection, which hearkens back to an earlier era of Hip-hop, is the same location where the cover of 1989’s Paul’s Boutique was shot. As such, McCarthy along with 234 supporters finds it only befitting to honor the rap band (whose vocal and bass member Adam “MCA” Yauch, passed away at 47) with a street co-naming in New York City.

McCarthy’s petition is as follows:

 The Beastie Boys are: Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, and Adam “MCA” Yauch (RIP). Aside for spanning genres  of music over their 30+ year career, Beastie Boys, along with RUN DMC, were pioneers in expanding exchanges culturally in NYC, and worldwide. 

 The second album from Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique was photographed at the intersection of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street. In the panoramic photograph it captured the vibrancy of the ever-changing life on the streets of NYC. The album, released July 25th 1989, was groundbreaking, and it encompassed these Boys from NYC, rapping about life and times from their point of view. Because of the album cover photo, and the Beastie Boys were ever-changing NYC artist, the location of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street would be a great place to honor Beastie Boys with a corner co-naming.

 Please sign and share the Beastie Boys Square petition. Thank you.

Marjua Estevez 

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