Beastie Boys Denied NYC Street Corner
Late last year, a New York City community board was petitioned to rename a Lower East Side street corner “Beastie Boys Square.” The corner of Ludlow and Rivington, which was famously pictured on the cover of the rap icons’ 1989 album Paul’s Boutique, has now officially been denied the new moniker.
Community Board 3 has announced that they have rejected the proposal and banned the man behind the petition, LeRoy McCarthy, from reapplying for at least five years. The renaming would have been the second New York homage to the Beasties, as a park in Brooklyn Heights was renamed Adam Yauch Park last year in honor of the late MC.
McCarthy acquired over 200 signatures in support of the project since January 14. However, while the Beastie Boys fit the board’s criteria of having a deceased honoree, the designation and renaming of a road also requires 15 years of community service to the neighborhood. The Community Board chairperson, Gigi Li, stated “many members felt strongly that the application could never meet CB3’s requirements for a co-naming.”