MCA, where have ya been? Fans pay tribute at Adam Yauch Park

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It’s called gratitude, and that’s right.

Dozens of Beastie Boys fans crowded into Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn Heights to show their appreciation for the late emcee on Saturday afternoon, in what is now an annual celebration of the neighborhood native’s life and work. Four years after the rapper and human rights activist passed away from cancer, the organizer of MCA Day says it is amazing to see how he continues to inspire people.

“I am just so impressed that so many people are indebted to keeping his memory alive,” said Mike Kearney, a self-proclaimed “diehard Beastie Boys fan” who drives down from Boston every year to put on the event.

At least 150 people — some from as far away as Australia — showed up throughout the afternoon to dance to the Beastie beats, shoot hoops, and doodle on the sidewalks in a humble tribute to Yauch’s memory, Kearney said.

“This is the least we can do, to offer a little bit of gratitude and respect for somebody who did so much for us,” he said.

The Yauch festivities will continue later in the summer with a free event at Littlefield in Gowanus in August, which will include music, art, and guest speakers.

MCA Day at Littlefield (622 DeGraw St. between Third and Fourth Avenues in Gowanus,, Aug. 20, noon–6 pm. Free.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Rock Steady from Boston says:
Dude, I know this guy, Mike Kearney. Kid is an animal. He started this thing from nothing and has built it into an absolute phenomenon. Awesome to see that it's still bringing people together. Way to go, Mike.
May 10, 2016, 12:41 pm
Mah Dukes from The Jerz says:
I have been so fortunate to meet and work with Mike Kearney on organizing MCA Day since 2013. It is such a labor of love, and we've met some incredible people from all over the world!
May 10, 2016, 5:29 pm
Ted from Crown Heights says:
What's MCA day exactly?
May 10, 2016, 6:58 pm
Juggwise from Jerz says:

Huge tribute to the legend Adam Yauch(MCA) held every year in BK with art, DJs, performances, etc at Littlefield. Completely free event held 8/20/16 this year. There are also MCA Day events in several cities around the World! Peace
May 17, 2016, 9:41 pm

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