LeRoy McCarthy could be a step closer to his goal of having New York City recognize its hip-hop landmarks. Last month, McCarthy spoke up about his efforts to have the Manhattan corner where the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique album cover was shot (the intersection of Ludlow and Rivington Streets) renamed "Beastie Boys Square," as long as Community Board 3 and City Council were open to the idea.
Good news: Community Board 3 has added Beastie Boys Square to its Jan. 14 meeting agenda.
"My goal is to have New York City give recognition to hip-hop culture by having a street named for a hip-hop act in each of the five New York City boroughs," McCarthy wrote in an email.
In addition to hopefully establishing Beastie Boys Square and Christopher Wallace Way in Brooklyn, McCarthy plans to set up areas in the Bronx and Staten Island to honor Big Pun and the Wu-Tang Clan, respectively. The corner of 205th Street and Hollis Avenue in Queens was officially co-named "Run-DMC JMJ Way" in 2009.
McCarthy added that he has requested a street in Englewood, N.J. be named for businesswoman Sylvia Robinson, as well as one in Mount Vernon, N.Y. for Heavy D. He hopes this is the year that New York City finally gives hip-hop culture its proper respect.
"Hip Hop culture has contributed greatly to society through consciousness, art, economics, and much more, in New York City and beyond. Hopefully, 2014 will be the year that hip-hop will be honored with respect from the places that the culture has represented with pride for decades."
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