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First Biggie, now Beastie Boys: Fan starts petition to rename New York corner


After unsuccessfully attempting to get a Brooklyn intersection named after late hip-hop icon The Notorious B.I.G., BK resident LeRoy McCarthy has launched a new petition to rename the intersection of Rivington and Ludlow Streets in Manhattan after legendary trio The Beastie Boys. The interection’s SW corner is famously featured on the cover of the Beastie Boys’ classic 1989 album, Paul’s Boutique.

“I think the Beastie Boys represent New York in a certain way,” said McCarthy, 46, according to “They grew up here. They are New Yorkers.” McCarthy has gained 20 or so signatures and he plans to give his proposal to Community Board 3.

He previously launched a petition to rename the intersection of St. James Place and Fulton Street in Brooklyn. In tribute to Biggie, he wanted the corner to be named Christopher Wallace Way. His proposal was declined by a Brooklyn community board.

McCarthy has said that he wants hip-hop artists to be recognized in all five of New York City’s boroughs. Next on his agenda is an honorary street naming in the Park Hill neighborhood of Staten Island, home of the Wu-Tang Clan.