Beastie Boys plan anti-hate rally after Adam Yauch Playground vandalized with swastika
NEW YORK — A Brooklyn playground named for the late Beastie Boys’ star Adam Yauch was vandalized with swastikas and the words “Go Trump!” over the weekend, inspiring the remaining members of the group to host an anti-hate rally there on Sunday.
Photos show the swastika and words were spray-painted on playground equipment in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood.
The city named the park for the late rapper, who was Jewish, in 2013. He died of cancer in 2012 at the age of 47.
New York City Councilman Brad Lander said police were investigating and a Parks Department spokesman said Saturday the graffiti was removed.
It was one of several recent instances of the Nazi symbol being found around New York and in other parts of the country.
The playground includes basketball courts, a community garden, a greenhouse, fitness area, an open play space, drinking fountains and a dog run.
On Saturday, local leaders and members of the Beastie Boys announced they plan to host a “stand up against hate” event in the park this Sunday.
And while the graffiti was quickly painted over by the City, some kids have reclaimed the park as a place of safety and acceptance.