Make some noise: Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock, hundreds rally against racist Trump graffiti in Adam Yauch Park

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Pass the mic: Beastie Boys member Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz speaks against racist pro-Trump graffiti in Adam Yauch Park — named for his late bandmate — at a rally on Nov. 20.
Too many rappers: Hundreds of locals filled Adam Yauch Park for the rally — it was so packed, some attendees had to stand on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on-ramp to watch.
Hold it now: Many brought home-made signs.
No sleep: And many of those signs riffed on Beastie Boys song titles.
Pol revere: State Sen. Daniel Squadron organized and emceed the rally after his consitutents found the offensive graffiti on Friday.
He can’t, he won’t, and he don’t stop: Clinton Hill resident LeRoy McCarthy has been trying to get the city to dedicate a street in Manhattan to the Beastie Boys for years, and brought his sample sign with him.
He’s on it: Horovitz took some time out to snap selfies with local kids.

He’s gotta fight for your rights.

The Beastie Boys’ Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz rallied with hundreds of Brooklynites and fans on Sunday after some jerk graffitied swastikas and the phrase “Go Trump” in Adam Yauch Park — the Brooklyn Heights playground named for his late band-mate, who grew up around the corner.

The emcee encouraged the crowd to keep fighting similar acts of racism that are on the rise in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s win — and he dropped a few famous lyrics in process.

“We can’t and we won’t and we don’t stop,” he said, quoting his band’s 1994 song “Sure Shot.” “Keep your eyes open, stand up for each other, don’t be afraid to step in or enlist the help of others — because this is home-grown terrorism for real.”

Horovitz wasn’t the only star who turned out — his wife, feminist rocker Kathleen Hanna, and actor Ben Stiller shivered along with the huge crowd at the outdoor event, which included rousing group sing-alongs of “We Shall Overcome” and “This Land is Your Land” and speeches from area pols and faith leaders. And attendees say it warmed their hearts to see so many people band together in response to the anti-Semitic scribbles.

“It’s humbling to share similar vibes with all of our neighbors coming out,” said Carroll Gardens resident Corrie Zaccariah. “What a positive way to react to such an ugly thing.”

Local families found the offensive message on train-shaped play equipment in the State Street recreation area on Friday and reported it to state Sen. Daniel Squadron’s office, which sent city workers to scrub it off that night.

Neighbors have now covered the spot with hearts, flowers, and Tibetan prayer flags, as Yauch — though born into a secular Jewish family — was a Buddhist.

Police are investigating the vandalism as a hate crime, though plenty of amateur online detectives are dismissing it as a prank. Squadron said he did consider whether publicizing the swastikas would give the perpetrator the attention he was seeking, but decided condemning them was the only “moral” thing to do.

“If it is a prank, then the worst we’ve done is send a strong message and become stronger as a community,” said Squadron. “If it’s serious and we do nothing, we risk our Republic itself.”

Squadron called on Trump to denounce this and other acts of racism being carried out in his name — and Horovitz also blamed the president-elect and his pals for inciting racism and bigotry during the election campaign.

“This kind of graffiti has been popping up all over the country because we’ve elected a president who’s given our children the message that it’s okay to write ‘white power’ in their high-school hallways, that it’s okay to attack women and girls, that Latinos and Muslims and Jews are bad people, and that you can electroshock the gay out of somebody,” he said.

He noted that the park graffiti isn’t even the first post-election attack in the area — a woman at a Boerum Hill bar on Nov. 12 after overhearing her saying she’s disappointment in the election results.

Brooklynites can report any incidents they witness to the District Attorney’s dedicated hate crime hotline at (718) 250–4949, new District Attorney Eric Gonzalez told the crowd, vowing to prosecute the perpetrators.

Reach deputy editor Ruth Brown at or by calling (718) 260–8309. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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NN from Boerum Hill says:
Thank you Ad-Rock!
Nov. 20, 2016, 5:12 pm
Hoontannah Jenkins from The Real World says:
Hip hop singer suddenly doesn't like graffiti ? Didn't he tell all his fans to do graffiti in the '80s? Only graffiti that he personally approves is good?
Nov. 21, 2016, 8:48 am
XJS from Williamsburg says:
How I wish people would show the same passion, participation and political efficacy on the local level that they do on the national level.
Nov. 21, 2016, 11:53 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Don't mess with the Beastie Boys.
Nov. 21, 2016, 12:55 pm
Dee from Gowanus says:
The rest of us are just waiting for Hoontannah Jenkins and his ilk to die off. Byeeeee.
Nov. 21, 2016, 1:06 pm
Mike from Kensington says:
Gotta agree with Dee above. You're a moron Hoontannah Jenkins. Ad Rock always has and always will represent what real and intelligent people from Brooklyn think and feel. And on that note..Love trumps hate! #notmypresident #nevertrump #dumptrump
Nov. 21, 2016, 1:32 pm
Tasha from Bk says:
Mike and Dee: you hate racism, but when an ethnic person like Hoontannah makes a comment you're the first to jump on her. This anti-racism you're for is more of a concept than reality.
Nov. 21, 2016, 2:53 pm
Mike from Kensington says:
Tasha, Jumping on Hoontannah has nothing at all to do with her or his ethnicity. Not an ounce. Why would you even think that? And how do you know this person's ethnicity anyway? I would have jumped down anyone's throat who made a stupid comment. It's straight up hateful anti semitic graffiti and to suggest that ad rock is being two faced by approving one type of graffiti over this is straight up moronic and bigoted.
Nov. 21, 2016, 8:28 pm

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