From the NYTimes coverage on May 3, 2013:
Before he was a world-famous rapper, film director and activist for Tibetan independence, Mr. Yauch hung out and learned to ride a bike at Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn Heights, down the block from his childhood home, where the Beastie Boys used to rehearse on the top floor.
Now, that playground, at Columbia Place and State Street, has been renamed “Adam Yauch Park” in commemoration of Mr. Yauch’s many accomplishments, as well as his lifelong devotion to New York in general and to Brooklyn in particular.
“I can think of no greater honor for someone whose reach was so global to be memorialized on the playground where he grew up,” City Councilman Stephen Levin, who represents the neighborhood, said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday.
Mr. Yauch (pronounced YOWK) died a year ago of cancer at age 47, and his death was mourned by fans the world over. As a member of the Beastie Boys, who are enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Mr. Yauch was among the most influential of hip-hop musicians.