Remember the 80s, when the Beastie Boys seemed like raunchy, ill-mannered degenerates capable of starting riots? Well, now a playground in Brooklyn Heights is about to be re-named after the late Beastie, Adam “MCA” Yauch.
City officials and members of the legendary hip-hop band are expected to gather Friday at Palmetto Playground on State Street for a ceremonial renaming in honor of the Brooklyn Heights native, sources said. The site will be called “Adam Yauch Playground.”
Yauch died from throat cancer a year ago this Saturday at the age of 47, only weeks after the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [NYP]
The dramatically dilapidated Loew’s Kings Theatre, on Flatbush Avenue, is set for a resurrection.
The place was built in 1929. A young Barbra Streisand once worked here. So did Sylvester Stallone.
It’s been closed since 1977, but it’s still the largest indoor theater in Brooklyn, with 3,200 seats. I got to walk around inside yesterday, and despite all the dust and decay, it’s pretty spectacular.
The plan is to restore its former grandeur, and turn it into a major performing arts center. Opening set for 2015.
As a former Brooklynite, I should confess: I’m a little envious.
Alex Roshuk looks as much like the Santa Claus of your mind as any man possibly could. He’s a big, burly guy with a big, fluffy white beard, and regardless of what he’s wearing, people approach him on the street, struck by the resemblance.
“You got the long beard, you’re a jolly, older guy, they think ‘He’s Santa Claus!’” he told me. “Or ‘He looks like Santa Claus! Why would he look like that if he wasn’t Santa Claus!?’”
So a few years ago, he decided to stop just looking like Santa, and to start BEING Santa.
That brings out all sorts of reactions from New Yorkers. Some people are thrilled to find him on a bench in Park Slope, where he occasionally just sits in his Santa suit. One woman cackled as she confessed that she’d been naughty and badly wanted to sit on his lap. And some people, especially the parents of little kids who rush to him, find it all a little creepy.
Alex understands the protectiveness, but says, “Parents are just afraid of anything that’s not within their very tightly-tuned idea of reality.”
If, perhaps, he injected a bit of irony into his routine, people would wave it off as a harmless hipster thing. But he doesn’t, and that makes it all the more mysterious, and potent.
So, why does he do it?
“I could give you the cliche answer: ‘I do it for the children.’ I do it because… because I can. Yeah. I don’t have to be in the Actors Union and I can still have the joy of an Academy performance.”
Watch this video we put together. Went to a Brooklyn block party and grilled kids on what they know about the election. Kids are rad.
No cigarette-ing 2012. —A.P.
This is hilarious.
“If you were to look into the camera and pretend you were talking to the American people, what would you say?”
“Hello? I come in peace?”