After Adam Yauch Park Is Defaced with Swastikas, Beastie Boys Join Call for Action

Daniel Zuchnik/Getty ImageA Brooklyn, NY park named after the late Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys was defaced on Friday, and the group called for action on Saturday.

Swastikas and the words "Go Trump" were spray-painted on playground equipment at Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn Heights.  Yauch, who died in 2012, was Jewish, and grew up in the neighborhood.  City Councilman Brad Lander tweeted a photo of the graffiti on Friday, with the caption, "Yet more hatred and anti-Semitism from Trump supporters."

The website Gothamist reports that the incident is being investigated by the NYPD, and the graffiti has now been painted over.  On Saturday, the Beastie Boys account tweeted, "Hate has no place in Brooklyn, NYC, or America. Join us on Sunday to stand against hate messages. 11:30, Adam Yauch Park, Brooklyn, NYC."  Gothamist reports that political leaders, community leader and faith leaders were scheduled to come together to demonstrate against hate.

According to, the NYPD says that the number of swastikas reported in New York City has jumped more than 500 percent compared to last year.  So far, there have been 13 incidents of swastika drawings, compared to just two last year.



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