Last month, LeRoy McCarthy issued a petition to have the intersection of Ludlow and Rivington Streets in Manhattan, where the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique album cover was shot, co-named “Beastie Boys Square.”
Well it appears that the new year has already brought on some good fortune for McCarthy, as Community Board 3 officially lists “Beastie Boys Square” to its Jan. 14 meeting agenda.
McCarthy, who is still attempting with his appeal to co-name the corner of St. James Place and Fulton Street “Christopher Wallace Way,” continues to push for New York City to recognize its Hip-hop landmarks.
“My goal is to have New York City give recognition to Hip-hop culture by having a street named for a Hip-hop act in each of the five New York City boroughs,” says McCarthy.
McCarthy equally hopes to have areas in the Bronx and Staten Island christened after Big Pun and the Wu-Tang Clan. Circa 2009, the corner of 205th Street and Hollis Avenue in Queens was officially co-named “Run-DMC JMJ Way,” which pays homage to the rap group and its slain DJ, Jam Master Jay.
In addition to the aforementioned, McCarthy has expressed his desire to set up areas in Englewood, NJ and Mount Vernon, NY, respectively after businesswoman Sylvia Robinson and rapper Heavy D.
As for the inspiration behind McCarthy’s drive he expresses, “Hip Hop culture has contributed greatly to society through consciousness, art, economics, and much more, in New York City and beyond. Hopefully, 2014 will be the year that Hip-hop will be honored with respect from the places that the culture has represented with pride for decades.”
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