Watch Ad-Rock’s Speech When A Brooklyn Park Was Renamed To Honor Adam Yauch This Weekend

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I’m of a certain age that it felt like an extended friend died when Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys died last year. Which is to say it was heartwarming to see that the Brooklyn playground at which he got his feet under him as a youth was renamed in his honor this weekend.

Before he was a world-famous rapper, film director and activist for Tibetan independence, Mr. Yauch hung out and learned to ride a bike at Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn Heights, down the block from his childhood home, where the Beastie Boys used to rehearse on the top floor.

Now, that playground, at Columbia Place and State Street, has been renamed “Adam Yauch Park” in commemoration of Mr. Yauch’s many accomplishments, as well as his lifelong devotion to New York in general and to Brooklyn in particular.

Great honor for a great person. RIP MCA.

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