LeRoy McCarthy

With Hip Hop Street Co-Naming on the Rise, is ‘Beastie Boys Square’ Finally Next?

Posted July 25, 2019 at 5:06 am

Today marks the thirtieth anniversary of Paul’s Boutique, the critically acclaimed sophomore album by the Beastie Boys. On a local level, the milestone is apt, since the cover photo featured the southwest corner of Ludlow and Rivington Streets. The spot that a one-man army is trying to co-name Beastie Boys Square. Far from a sure shot, […]

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The New Faces of ‘Beastie Boys’ Square on Ludlow Street

Posted April 29, 2019 at 5:06 am

Here is the new face (or, faces) of what may eventually become “Beastie Boys Square.” Street artist Danielle Mastrion, who’s painted the rap trio several times since Adam Yauch (MCA) passed away in 2012, reprised her role over the weekend outside Wolfnights on Ludlow Street. The mural is likely an attempt to refocus attention on […]

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Fight for ‘Beastie Boys Square’ Resumes with New Mural at Ludlow and Rivington

Posted April 26, 2019 at 5:08 am

Hype for “Beastie Boys Square” is re-energized. Artist Danielle Mastrion is currently painting a new Beastie Boys mural outside Wolfnights at Rivington and Ludlow. This is the third such paint job by the muralist in five years on the spot made famous by the cover of Paul’s Boutique. The work (and documentation) began yesterday afternoon. […]

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‘Wolfnights’ will Expand to Bleecker Street Next Fall

Posted June 5, 2017 at 5:09 am

Late night Lower East Side pit-stop, Wolfnights, is about to roll up to the West Village. The Hell Square-based fast food eatery will debut a Bleecker Street location next fall. Wolfnights announced the expansion to 235 Bleecker Street on its Facebook page (with plenty of emoji). Wolfnights first opened at 99 Rivington Street six years […]

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There is a New Beastie Boys Mural at Ludlow and Rivington

Last modified May 22, 2017 at 7:27 am

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 […]

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Far from a Sure Shot, ‘Beastie Boys Square’ Continues to Apply Pressure

Posted April 6, 2017 at 5:05 am

He can’t, won’t, and don’t stop. That would be LeRoy McCarthy and his bid to transform the southwest corner of Rivington and Ludlow Streets into Beastie Boys Square. To mark the occasion of the reinvigorated street co-naming campaign, he’s planned a party for next month (May 21) outside Wolfnights, the same address that appears on the […]

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‘Beastie Boys Square’ Might Soon Return for Street Co-Naming Consideration

Posted March 30, 2017 at 5:17 am

Hold it now… It’s a campaign three years in the making, and a proverbial thorn in the side of Community Board 3. Nevertheless, the Beastie Boys Square proposal is back on the front burner. 99 Rivington Street – currently Wolfnights – was featured prominently on the cover of the second Beastie Boys LP, Paul’s Boutique. […]

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Watch the Beastie Boys Freestyle Down Orchard Street in 1986 MTV Spot [VIDEO]

Posted March 27, 2017 at 9:46 am

Licensed to Ill was the first rap album to reach number one on the Billboard charts. That feat happened thirty years ago, in March 1987, barely four months after its release. Coming off this anniversary, it’s only fitting to revisit this classic MTV plug from 1986. It’s a quick, thirty-second freestyle while walking down what […]

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Revisiting ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at Ludlow and Rivington, Circa 1980s

Posted June 19, 2015 at 9:26 am

Here now, a couple photos of what LeRoy McCarthy would’ve called “Beastie Boys Square.” These images of Ludlow and Rivington Streets come courtesy of Boogie reader Larry Morales. Seen clearly in the background of both images is Lee’s Sportswear, the world famous apparel store that graced the cover of Paul’s Boutique in 1989. It was a […]

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This is the Completed Beastie Boys Tribute Mural to ‘Paul’s Boutique’

Posted July 28, 2014 at 6:00 am

The “Beastie Boys Square” that wasn’t now has a rather loud visual. Wolfnights – descendant of the Paul’s Boutique-era bargain business establishment – donated its wall for a tribute to the trio. Street artist Danielle Mastrion spent the entirety of Saturday painting Mike D, MCA, and Ad Rock on the Ludlow facade of the restaurant. […]

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