‘Beastie Boys Square’ Co-Naming Calendared on March CB3 Agenda

Posted on: February 25th, 2014 at 6:03 am by

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Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique Album Cover 99 Rivington

LeRoy McCarthy’s vociferous petition to co-name the corner of Ludlow and Rivington “Beastie Boys Square” will receive its second chance on March 11. This is the date that the transportation subcommittee of Community Board 3 will hear the matter. McCarthy and his crew will need to return to the fold with more signatures of support from the surroundings.

The seemingly innocent “Beastie Boys Square” proposal became quite controversial last month when the full board of CB3 decided to nix the plan altogether. This action might have been okay had the subcommittee not already told McCarthy to withdraw his application until a later date. It was yet another prime example of the advisory body seemingly abusing its power (the suspension of LES Dwellers would be another). Board member Chad Marlow led the charge to reinstate the matter on the March agenda.

But McCarthy’s work is not limited to the Lower East Side. He’s concurrently working to co-name Sylvia Robinson Place (she was behind “Rapper’s Delight”) in Englewood, New Jersey, and a street for Heavy D in Mount Vernon, New York. Votes on those measures will be held today and tomorrow respectively.

So, again we ask the question. Should Ludlow and Rivington be named “Beastie Boys Square”?

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