What's in a Name?
In 1989 the Beastie Boys featured a photo of the corner of Ludlow and Rivington streets in the Lower East Side as the cover art for their critically-acclaimed album Paul’s Boutique.
Now Community Board 3 is reportedly considering naming the intersection “Beastie Boys Square” thanks to an online petition launched by Brooklynite LeRoy McCarthy. Read More
Adam Yauch, better known to some as MCA of the Brooklyn rap group The Beastie Boys, passed away today after a long battle with cancer, reports RollingStone.com. Mr. Yauch was a founding member of the group, along with Mike D (Michael Diamond), Mix Master Mike (Michael Schwartz), and Ad Roc(Adam Horovitz).
So Russell Simmons has put out a statement explaining his endorsement of Barack Obama for president.
It’s not necessarily a natural choice for Simmons, given how involved he has become in New York State politics. He previously endorsed Andrew Cuomo for office and made numerous trips to Albany during Read More
Ernest Hemmingway only wrote one play during this literary career: The Fifth Column, a Spanish Civil War-era drama of espionage and romace that he penned while covering the war in Madrid. The off-Broadway Mint Theater will be presenting the play starting Feb. 26, marking the production’s first faithful performance on the stage. Read More
Ch-check it out! Adam Yauch, a.k.a. MCA of the Beastie Boys, is launching his own independent film distribution company. "We’re kind of winging it," Mr. Yauch told the Hollywood Reporter. He plans to release two to 10 films in the first year. Former ThinkFilm vice president David Fenkel will run Oscilloscope Pictures, an Read More
From a New York point of view, the AP buried the lede here:
NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s something Madonna can really celebrate: a nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Madge joins heartland rocker John Mellencamp, the puckish rappers Beastie Boys and premier dance acts Donna Summer and Chic among the Read More
Fight for your right … to wear Prada?
“We’re trying to break into a new kind of scene, actually,” said Adam Horovitz, the Beastie better known as Ad-Rock, with a wink. At a Soho House round-table talk last week, clad in a full suit, skinny tie and sunglasses, Mr. Horovitz clarified the Boys’ surprisingly Read More
The First Roumanian-American Congregation synagogue on Rivington Street just west of Ludlow suffered a roof collapse over the weekend, from which firefighters narrowly escaped.
Recent water damage already had the congregants at the synagogue, across the street from sex-toy shop Toys in Babeland and next-door to the cafe that in a previous incarnation was photographed Read More
Way back in 1990, Our Year of the B-Boy, the soon-to-pass period when hip-hop was still golden and Slick Rick was considered a political prisoner, I went to get some cash out of an A.T.M. as my girlfriend waited in the car with Big Daddy Kane’s “Ain’t No Half-Steppin’ ” playing on the tape deck. Read More