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Palmetto Playground is no more. The Brooklyn Heights park, a 1.36-acre shady spot with basketball courts and playgrounds is now, proudly, Adam Yauch Park. Just blocks away from the childhood home of late Beastie Boy rapper Adam “MCA” Yauch, the space is tucked under a highway on-ramp in Brooklyn Heights. Nannies watch children climb on the jungle gym and dogs run inside a fenced yard. Prayer flags sway in the spring breeze, a gentle reminder of Adam’s commitment to the Tibetan freedom struggle.
The dedication and naming ceremony on May 3 commemorated the one-year passing of the musical artist. It was an opportunity for friends and family to gather and honor Adam, who died on May 4, 2012 after battling cancer for three years. He was 47.
A video of Adam performing at the 1999 Tibetan Freedom Concert:
As a boy, Adam learned to ride his bike at the park, his father guiding him until he found his balance.
The greenspace is shaded by branches of silver lindens, London planes, pin oaks and Norway maples. There are basketball courts, a community garden and greenhouse, a fitness area, play space and dog run.
At the naming ceremony, bandmate Adam Horovitz remarked that Adam was the embodiment of Brooklyn’s creative spirit.
“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. [His parents] 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.”
Instagram Photos Tagged by the Community
Local residents, visitors and fans continue to enjoy the area’s tranquility while paying tribute to Adam with their photographs. We searched the location tag “Adam Yauch Park” on Instagram for images that captured the calm spirit of Adam and his memorial.
Visit the Park
Adam Yauch Park is located at 27 State Street in Brooklyn, New York.