Sabotaged ‘Beastie Boys Square’ Proposal Turns Controversial with Board Vote

Posted on: January 31st, 2014 at 5:50 am by

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They asked CB3 but they still said no.

Earlier this month, the transporation subcommittee of Community Board 3 forced LeRoy McCarthy to withdraw his application to co-name Ludlow and Rivington Streets Beastie Boys Square (cover photo of Paul’s Boutique). The agenda item sparked a nearly two-hour-long discussion about whether the applicant had properly followed procedure. In the end, it was determined that McCarthy had lacked enough community support, and should return at a later date.

Seemed simple enough. Not so.

During the full board meeting on Tuesday evening, CB3 ultimately voted negative on the withdrawn proposal. McCarthy had already arranged to appear on the February agenda, but that was stricken from the calendar shortly after its publication on Wednesday evening. As a result, he is barred from applying for a similar co-naming for the next five years.

McCarthy is fuming. In a pointed press release, he calls out Chair Gigi Li, saying “this was no mirage, I’m tellin’ y’all it’s sabotage.” According to DNAinfo, McCarthy didn’t attend the full meeting to defend himself because he was under the impression that the case was withdrawn until a later date, and therefore not subject to vote.

However, his cause has help from within. Board member Chad Marlow is the most outspoken advocate of the Beastie Boys Square application. His was the sole nay vote the other night. In response, Marlow penned the following letter to demanding Gigi Li to reinstate the the proposal on the February 11 agenda.

Beastie Boys Square Agenda Letter

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