A community board in lower Manhattan is voting on whether or not the corner of Ludlow and Rivington Street in the Lower East Side will be renamed “Beastie Boys Square.” The voting is taking place this Tuesday evening. The intersection appears on the cover of the rap group’s iconic second album, Paul’s Boutique, and the move was inspired by an online petition and Facebook page to get the street’s name changed that was started last fall by a fan named LeRoy McCarthy.
Initially, Paul's Boutique, which was released in 1989, was not considered a commercial success compared to the trio's first album, Licensed to Ill. However, by 1999, the album was certified double platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America and is now considered one of the best albums of all time by Rolling Stone, among other publications. The album was re-released on January 27, 2009 in a 20th anniversary package.
The Community Board must first pass the measure, and then the City Council. Should it pass, this will be the second time in under a year that New York has officially honored the Beastie Boys with a landmark. Last May, a small park in Brooklyn was renamed Adam Yauch Park, to mark the one-year anniversary of his passing. Check out some vintage Beastie Boys footage here.