Last week was kind of weird and dumb overall, and depending on where you live, your preference of activities and the circles you run with, this weekend was maybe kind of weird and dumb too, if insufferable and probably racist “Drinko de Mayo” celebrations,Star Wars Day Facebook posts and people spending all day pregaming for two minutes of TV are all things that make you recoil. If recent events have been bumming you out, remember that last Friday, at least one really awesome thing happened.
As you probably already know from the influx of Twitpics of the dedication sign, Palmetto Playground, a small Brooklyn park near an expressway ramp, has been renamed Adam Yauch Park, after the late Beastie Boy and proud New York native son Adam “MCA” Yauch. The dedication ceremony for the park sounds like it was a pretty cool affair, with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz adding additional verses to “An Open Letter to NYC” and MCA’s mother, Frances Yauch, giving a touching tribute to her son. But it wouldn’t be a proper tribute to MCA without words from his former groupmates, and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz’s words for his friend are beautiful and fitting for the occasion:
"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. 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. And although Adam’s mom Frances is a New York kid herself, his father Noel came to New York to be himself.
And together they raised a New York kid, Adam Yauch, and Noel and Frances raised him right. They taught Adam to be curious, thoughtful, kind and just enough crazy – that craziness that is New York. That New York frenetic energy: It’s musical, artful and always moving forward. And that’s not only Brooklyn, that’s Adam Yauch.”
As for the park itself, the NYC Parks Department shouts out its namesake on its website with a quote from “No Sleep Til Brooklyn” and notes that the park is where Yauch’s father taught him how to ride a bike. But if Beasties history isn’t enough impetus for a visit to Adam Yauch Park, then perhaps the description of the local foliage and park features will:
“When you visit his namesake park, be sure to take in the wide variety of trees, including silver lindens, London planes, pin oaks, and Norway maples. The playground also includes full and half basketball courts, a community garden, a greenhouse, a small fitness area, an open play space, drinking fountains, and a dog run.”
Watch Ad-Rock’s speech below, and be sure to spend sometime outside this week. It will be good for you. We promise.