Adam Yauch Park Is Now Open in Brooklyn

Almost one year to the day of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's May 4 passing, Yauch's friends, family, and fans gathered in Brooklyn this morning to officially rechristen Palmetto Playground as Adam Yauch Park.

Yauch, who died of cancer at the age of 47, had spent much of his childhood at Palmetto Playground, so it seemed only fitting to rename the tenth-of-an-acre plot on Columbia Place in Brooklyn Heights after him.

Yauch's band mate, Adam Horovitz (aka Ad-Rock), spoke at the ceremony, as did his mother, who said, "Adam made us so proud of him, and I'm proud to have this park in his name."

[Image via Mike Bloomberg on Twitter]