Brooklyn playground named after Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch

The Palmetto Playground will be renamed the Adam Yauch Playground in a ceremony on May 3

A children’s playground in Brooklyn, New York is set to be 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 will reportedly take place on Friday (May 3), writes the Brooklyn Heights Blog, a year after his death.


Yauch grew up in the Brooklyn Heights neighbourhood and visited the playground as a child.

After his death last year, Yauch was honoured by the New York state senate, who passed a resolution which declared that it was “mourning the death of famed rapper and activist Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch”, writing that he “exemplified New York” and helped rejuvenate the city during the band’s influential early years.

Mike D and Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys recently 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 Spiegel and Grau 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.