Now, that playground, at Columbia Place and State Street, has been renamed "Adam Yauch Park" in commemoration of Mr. Yauch's many accomplishments, as well as his lifelong devotion to New York in general and to Brooklyn in particular.

At a ceremony held to commemorate the re-naming of the park, Ad-Rock spoke fondly of his late band mate and longtime friend. Then Brooklyn's borough president stepped up to the mic.

A speech by Marty Markowitz, the Brooklyn borough president, was especially animated. He began by saluting the people and borough of Brooklyn, as he usually does, and congratulating the Nets basketball team on its victory on Thursday night, at which point Mr. Horovitz, a Knicks fan, shook his head in apparent disapproval. But Mr. Markowitz perhaps redeemed himself with a remix of the Beastie Boys' "An Open Letter to NYC." He rapped gems like, "On the L, we're doing swell / On the G, the place to be," as the crowd laughed. [New York Times]