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09.09.14 Sophie Weiner

Michael Diamond, also known as Beastie Boy Mike D, recently worked with architects John and Jill Bouratoglou to design his own townhouse. Now, he’s expanded to designing someone else’s — a 4,150 square foot single-family home on 242 Pacific Street in Boerum Hill, which will cost $4.98 million. The real estate listing emphasizes the luxury of the spot: […]

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04.04.14 Andy Cush

What will become of Beastie Boys Square? The plan to rename the corner of Ludlow and Rivington Streets, the site of the Paul’s Boutique cover, in the group’s honor has seen its share of ups and downs, and recently it appeared that it might be done for good. Now, Mark Levine, chairman of City Council’s Parks and Recreation […]

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03.19.14 Andy Cush

Artist Adly Syairi Ramly created these damn cute LEGO version of iconic bands like The Beatles and The Pixies, custom painting the figures IRL, with no photoshop. The range of artists represented here is comically wide: any series that includes both ‘N Sync and Napalm Death is good by us. See some highlights in the gallery […]

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03.18.14 Andy Cush

The saga of Beastie Boys versus GoldieBlox appears to be winding to a close, as the two parties have reached a settlement in a lawsuit sparked by a GoldieBlox YouTube commercial that went viral late last year. GoldieBlox, which sells toys designed to “inspire the future generation of female engineers,” used a reworking of the […]

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02.07.14 Andy Cush

In January, we told you that the plan to rename the corner of Ludlow and Rivington Streets on the Lower East Side “Beastie Boys Square” had hit a snag. Manhattan’s Community Board 3 had rejected LeRoy McCarthy’s application to memorialize the Paul’s Boutique corner, but would hold another vote if he could accrue a few hundred more […]

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01.15.14 Andy Cush

The plan to rename the corner of Rivington and Ludlow Streets — the site of the Pauls Boutique album cover photo — in the Beastie Boys’ honor was voted down by the local community board. Debated lasted 90 minutes at last night’s CB3 meeting, according to DNAinfo, before the board decided to reject the “Beastie Boys Square” proposal. LeRoy […]

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12.17.13 Andy Cush

Today, the southwest corner of Rivington and Ludlow Streets houses Wolfnights, a restaurant that “delivers an exciting and refreshing take on the ordinary wrap,” according to its website. In the 1980s, it housed Lee’s Sportswear, but hip-hop fans better know that business by another name: Paul’s Boutique. The spot–99 Rivington, to be precise–is the setting […]

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12.12.13 Andy Cush

What seemed like a cool, happy ending to the Beastie Boys-versus-feminist-appropriation-of-their-song-in-a-toy-commercial saga turns out to be neither an ending nor particularly happy. After threats of lawsuits from both sides, the company eventually agreed to pull the Beastie Boys’ “Girls” from their ad, and that seemed to be that. Turns out the Beasties are still suing. From their […]

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11.27.13 Andy Cush

On the surface, the story of GoldieBlox’s Beastie Boys-skewering toy commercial was a heartwarming one. Independent company takes a misogynistic song by since-reformed hip hop legends and repurposes it as girl-power anthem. Everyone is happy! Except: well-intentioned though it may be, GoldieBlox is still a commercial, for-profit company. And late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, who […]

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11.25.13 Kyle Petreycik

Earlier last week, toy company GoldieBlox released a viral video campaign advertising toy and book product that overcomes commercial gender stereotypes. The video uses the Beastie Boys’ 1986 song “Girls“… Girls, to do the dishes Girls, to clean up my room Girls, to do the laundry Gilrs, and in the bathroom …and changed the lyrics to market […]

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