Petition calls for ‘Paul’s Boutique’ intersection to be named ‘Beastie Boys Square’

The hip-hop group's 1989 album cover was shot at the corner of Ludlow and Rivington Streets in Manhattan

A petition has been launched which calls for the intersection featured on the cover of Beastie Boys‘ 1989 album ‘Paul’s Boutique’, to be named after the band.

Pitchfork writes that fans are signing a petition that suggests that the corner of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street in Manhattan be named Beastie Boys Square. The petition was started by LeRoy McCarthy of Brooklyn, who writes:

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.

Earlier this year a children’s playground in Brooklyn was named after the late Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch. Yauch – otherwise known as ‘MCA’ – died in 2012. Yauch was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and succumbed to the disease on May 4, 2012, aged 47. A ceremony to re-name the Palmetto Playground the Adam Yauch Playground took place in May 2013. Yauch grew up in the Brooklyn Heights neighbourhood and visited the playground as a child.

This year Mike D and Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys signed a deal to release their memoirs in 2015. Random House imprint, Spiegel & Grau have said that the book is unlikely to follow the structure of a traditional biography, focusing instead on a “pastiche of voices, images, irreverent humor and pop-culture reference points”. Julie Grau of the publishers said the two remaining members of the act are “interested in challenging the form and making the book a multidimensional experience.”

“There is a kaleidoscopic frame of reference, and it asks a reader to keep up,” she said in an interview. The book will be edited by Sacha Jenkins, a hip-hop journalist, and will be loosely structured as an oral history of the group from their beginnings in the music industry to the death of Yauch.