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Brooklyn Playground Named After Beastie Boys Frontman

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The late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch is getting a special honor from the city.

The Palmetto Playground in Brooklyn Heights was renamed Friday for the Brooklyn native, who died one year ago this Saturday.

His former bandmate Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Yauch's parents were on hand for the unveiling.

Yauch himself grew up two blocks away and his family still lives in the neighborhood.

The park includes a playground, community garden, a fitness area and basketball courts. The basketball courts were appropriate because playing basketball was one of Yauch's great loves.

"Me and Adam were hanging out in high school late one night, just walking around Brooklyn, and we ended up in this park. He was telling me about how he played here as a kid," Horovitz said.

"Adam and his friends came down to this park. Later on, I'm sure he skateboarded in this park. This was the closest park to home and I'm just thrilled that it's named after him," said Yauch's mother, Frances Yauch.

"It all came together with just such tremendous and overwhelming support. It was absolutely the right thing to do," said Brooklyn Borough Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey.

Yauch was known to fans the world over as MCA.

He died of cancer last year at the age of 47.

Among those in attendance Friday were Beastie Boys fans paying tribute to Yauch, known not only for his music but his work as an advocate for human rights, particularly for the people of Tibet.

"It's interesting. We actually didn't even know his impact until, unfortunately, he passed way too early. We didn't realize how many lives he affected," said one fan.

"He was just a man of man of independence. I loved what he did with the whole Free Tibet thing," said another fan.

"They were the first band that ever offered me their love and their respect, and I wanted to come here to offer it back to them," noted a third fan.

Yauch, Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond started out as a punk band before turning to hip-hop in the 1980s.

They're considered pioneers of the genre.

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