Sure Shot: CB3 Reinstates ‘Beastie Boys Square’ Application to March Agenda
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Applicant LeRoy McCarthy fighting for his right to co-name “Beastie Boys Square”
Regardless of your stance on street co-namings, or if “Beastie Boys Square” should become a reality, the larger story about its denial last week is really about alleged abuses of power by Community Board 3.
Chad Marlow, the sole negatory vote during the January full board meeting, voiced his opinion on the matter immediately thereafter. In a letter that surfaced a couple days later, the committee member chastised the actions of Chair Gigi Li, and noted that all applicants/groups are entitled “due process and given a full opportunity to be heard.” After all, the co-naming request had already been withdrawn, yet penalized all the same. The applicant himself, LeRoy McCarthy, felt it an abuse of power, saying “this was no mirage, I’m tellin’ y’all it’s sabotage.”
Apparently, the controversy went all the way to the top. Borough President Brewer reportedly stepped in; when reached for comment, the press office said simply, “we’re reaching out to the parties and are hopeful for a resolution.”
That resolution arrived today. We are now hearing word that CB3 will reinstate the “Beastie Boys Square” proposal on the March 2014 agenda. The Transportation Committee will hear it first, and then on to the full board ratification.
It’s a small victory for the applicant; now the board just needs to approve the measure itself. They certainly can’t, won’t, and don’t stop trying to get it done…