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 Committee, is stepping in with some support.
“Hip hop is New York City history,” he said. “The pioneers of the genre have not gotten the credit they deserve.”
Leroy McCarthy spearheaded the plan to rename the LES corner late last year, but saw obstacles at the community board level. With Levine’s help, McCarthy is now lobbying City Council directly, and has submitted a request to lower Manhattan Councilwoman Margaret Chin to propose a Beastie Boys Square resolution. If she does, it will then move to the Parks and Rec Committee, where Levine says he’ll support it.
No word on whether we’ll ever see Christopher Wallace Way.