Finally, NYC Is Honoring a Street After the Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys Square is going to be the name of a junction on the Lower East Side.

One of the most talented rap groups to ever emerge from New York City has at long last received the recognition they deserve.

Along with dozens of other streets located all throughout the city, the intersection of Ludlow and Rivington streets will now be known as “Beastie Boys Square” as of the 14th of July, thanks to the New York City Council’s decision.

Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, and the late Adam “MCA” Yauch from the Beastie Boys are all honored by the new street sign. “As many of us know, when the Beastie Boys burst onto the scene, they really changed hip-hop,” says Council member Christopher Marte. It strikes me as a joyous occasion. A celebration of the Lower East Side, hip-hop, and, most importantly, our community, which has worked tirelessly to make this happen.”

The street corner is not the first public space evocative of the Beastie Boys: a playground in Brooklyn was named after Adam Yauch, who died a year earlier, in May 2013.