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Effort Underway to Rename LES Street Corner After Beastie Boys

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One hip-hop fan is fighting for the right to name a Lower East Side intersection after the Beastie Boys. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.

Even though it has changed immensely over the years, Beastie Boys fans likely recognize the corner of Ludlow and Rivington Streets from the cover of the band's second studio album "Paul's Boutique" released in 1989.

"The Beastie Boys represented New York to the core, and it would be great symbolism for them to have a sign here on the Lower East Side," said LeRoy McCarthy, a hip hop fan.

McCarthy wants the intersection to be known as Beastie Boys Square, named for the groundbreaking hip hop group made up of Adam "Adrock" Horovitz, Mike "Mike D" Diamond, and the late Adam "MCA" Yauch.

McCarthy says he has received a lot of support for his proposal to honor a group he believes helped bring people together.

"They gravitated toward hip hop music and they used their talents to share their messages with the masses," he said.

Walking around the ever changing neighborhood where the Beastie Boys did some hanging out, residents who chatted with NY1 were all for honoring the group.

"It's an awesome idea, it's a great band, you know, what else could we ask for?" said one Lower East Side resident.

"Good idea. They were a great band," said another resident.

McCarthy says he sees Beastie Boys Square as a way for the city to say thanks to some native sons.

"Every hip hop artist from New York City has always represented where they were from and always shouted it out in their song, we represent New York, as I think it's time for New York City to give recognition to those artists," he said.

McCarthy say he would also like to see other hip hip acts recognized in other parts of the city. Run DMC is already honored in their native Queens, and he's hoping Big Pun could have a street named for him in the Bronx, Wu Tang Clan on Staten Island, and Christopher Wallace aka Biggie Smalls in Brooklyn.

The community board 3 transit committee is expected to vote on the proposal Tuesday night.

If approved, a full board vote, City Council vote and mayor signature would be needed to make Beastie Boys Square official. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP