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Beastie Boys Moniker Will Not Grace Famous Manhattan Intersection

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There’s no denying the mutual love between the Beastie Boys and New York’s five boroughs, but despite the close relationship will there will not be a “Beastie Boys Square” in Manhattan just yet. Beasties fan LeRoy McCarthy had petitioned to have the intersection of Ludlow and Rivington co-named “Beastie Boys Square,” but a Manhattan community board voted Wednesday (Jan. 29) to deny the request.

The corner holds significance for Beastie Boys fans as it was the intersection where the ‘Paul’s Boutique’ album cover was shot. However, according to DNA Info, the board voted 24-1 against the proposal and in the process kept McCarthy from refilling his application for another five years as per the application rules.

The board requires that an honoree must be deceased for a street to be co-named, and he filed with the idea that Adam Yauch‘s passing in 2012 met the requirement. The person must have also exhibited 15 years of service to the community as well.

The board’s chairwoman, Gigi Li, stated, “My decision was based on the fact that it did not meet the criteria and the fact that previously our most recent group of co-namings held each application to the high standard of meeting every single criteria we set out for co-namings.”

According to Gothamist, McCarthy was given a preliminary rejection earlier this month, but still decided to press the issue by gathering more signatures for his proposal. In response, the board voted yesterday rather than in February when McCarthy thought he would re-file.

The board’s district manager, Susan Stetzer, explained to McCarthy that they moved up the vote “so that you not put in many hours of work and then have the board deny in February.” McCarthy said he was “blindsided” but the abrupt move after being told just last week that the matter would be on the agenda for February.

As for the one board member who voted for the co-naming, he stated that he did so as he didn’t care for how McCarthy had been shut down. “The wise thing and fair thing to have been done would be to let him return to the committee,” explained Chad Marlow. “This isn’t about the Beastie Boys. It is about showing respect for the community.”

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