Beastie Boys fans trying to get New York park named after Adam Yauch
While the numerous homages that have poured in since the death of Adam "MCA" Yauch have been lovely and all, a more lasting tribute is currently being lobbied for in New York, where Brooklyn residents have launched a campaign to have a local park renamed in Yauch's honor. Billboard calls attention to this Facebook petition seeking to transform Brooklyn Heights' Squibb Park—already undergoing renovations to become a skateboarding facility—into Adam Yauch Park, which would then be located near another park named for fellow songwriter and former Brooklyn resident Harry Chapin. Unfortunately, while it would be a nice way to immortalize Yauch, it would be kind of a slap in the face to its current namesake, Dr. Edward Robinson Squibb—an important 19th-century pharmaceutical innovator who definitely never thought it was time to get ill.
So, as posted on the petition's page (and picked up by Pitchfork), Bikini Kill/Le Tigre frontwoman Kathleen Hanna has alerted everyone to the fact that her husband, Adam "Adrock" Horowitz, " has already begun working with the Parks Commissioner to fix up and rename State Street Park where Yauch actually played as a kid to 'Adam Yauch Park'." Supporting this other movement, she says, would be a more fitting way to pay respects, "as it won't hurt the Squibb family and it would be awesome to fix up the bball court there as a tribute." Indeed, either would be fine. Give the man his park, then we can all move on to petitioning Switzerland to rename one of the Alps "Nathaniel Hornblower Peak."