There is a New Beastie Boys Mural at Ludlow and Rivington

Posted on: May 22nd, 2017 at 5:12 am by

Hold it now, the Beastie Boys mural on Ludlow Street is updated.

Danielle Mastrion, the street artist who painted the original artwork on the Wolfnights facade three years ago, was tapped for an encore this weekend. The predecessor was swiftly erased with blue paint and reborn.

The small sidewalk party and mural painting was essentially a PR stunt to keep the pressure going for a Beastie Boys Square co-naming.

Beastie Boys mural by Danielle Mastrion, July 2014

This streetside effort to honor the Paul’s boutique album cover is three years in the making. You’ll recall his months-long pursuit for Beastie Boys Square in the beginning of 2014 netted international headlines alongside the ire of CB3, whose leadership under Susan Stetzer and then-Chair Gigi Li bungled the application. The proposal ultimately ended in a denial, yet not without dragging Li through the mud. (The withdrawn application was erroneously voted down at full board in February 2014, but reinstated and denied a month later).

Yet, now McCarthy is hopeful with the quasi-new leadership under Jamie Rogers as Chair.

“I am hopeful that positive developments now will advance the opportunity for Beastie Boys Square finally coming to fruition,” McCarthy told us last month. “I have discussed this matter with the Chief of Staff for Council Member Chin, Mr. Paul Leonard, and Deputy Borough President Bonilla in Gale Brewer’s office, and both have been supportive. Hopefully all three parties can work together toward a resolution, and finally honor the Beastie Boys with a street co-naming.”

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