Brooklyn playground named after Adam Yauch
Rolling Stone reports that the late hip-hop star's family, friends and bandmate Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz attended a ceremony on Friday (May 4) to rename Palmetto Playground, which is located blocks from Yauch's childhood home, in his honour.
Speakers included Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Horovitz and Yauch's mother, Frances.
"It's fitting that we're here today to dedicate a playground to Adam Yauch because like the Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys is for the children," Horovitz said in his remarks. "I was trying to think of what to say today, and I was thinking what it means to be a New York kid: People come to New York to be themselves, to express themselves and to be who they want to be."
Yauch's mother recalled that she and his father Noel played classical music during his childhood.
"The whole idea was we were going to introduce him to music and make him love it all his life," she said. "Well, we succeeded. He loved music all his life, but he did it on his own terms... Adam made us so proud of him – proud of his achievements, proud of our beautiful daughter-in-law and our beautiful grandchild. And now proud to have this park in his name."
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