By Zachary Swickey
On the eve of the late Adam Yauch’s birthday, Beastie Boys fans can celebrate the life and legacy of MCA with a Beastie-centric walking tour of New York City. Happening Saturday (August 4), the tour will visit over a dozen different locations that relate to the Boys and their musical history.
Led by a Beastie’s super fan, the tour group will rendezvous at Frederick Douglass Playground on the corner of 101st Street and Amsterdam Ave. before traveling to their first official stop at John Berry’s Loft, which was the first venue to host a Beastie Boys performance.
Also included on the tour is Oscilloscope Laboratories, the independent film distribution company that was founded by MCA along with David Fenkel, which notably released street artist Banksy’s documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” In addition to being a film production company location, To the Five Burroughs, The Mix Up and Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 were all recorded there.
Of course, one must-see stop of the tour is the location of the Paul’s Boutique album cover shot, which took place at the corner of Rivington and Ludlow streets on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
The free tour begins at 9 a.m. and ends with a party at 8 p.m. Participants are reminded to wear comfy shoes and bring subway money. You can hit up the Facebook page for more info, including a pdf with full details of each planned stop. “Expect lots of Beastie Boys related music, fans sharing stories, and most importantly, good times,” according to the tour’s Facebook page.