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Beastie Boys Walking Tour to Celebrate Life of MCA

By Serena Solomon | August 2, 2012 12:28pm

LOWER EAST SIDE — Beastie Boys fans still in mourning over the recent death of Adam Yauch can celebrate the rapper's life on the eve of his birthday with a free walking tour that visits the rap group's old stomping grounds, according to a Facebook page promoting the event.

The planned tour on Aug 4. will stop off at numerous locations around New York City that played a role in the band's path to fame, including 59 Chrystie St. in Chinatown that was once a Beastie Boys residence and Rivington and Ludlow streets, which appeared on the cover of their classic album "Paul's Boutique." 

"Let's get together for an evening where we can celebrate our favorite band and the life of Adam Yauch," tour organizer Jason Palk wrote on a Facebook group created to promote the event. "Expect lots of Beastie Boys related music, fans sharing stories, and most importantly, good times."

Yauch, a Brooklyn native who became the renowned musician, rapper and activist known as MCA, died in May of this year at the age of 47 after a nearly three-year-battle with cancer.

Palk, who's been dubbed a Beastie Boys “superfan” by MTV, which first reported the walk, will begin the tour at 9 a.m. on Saturday. More than 100 fans have already confirmed their attendance, according to the Facebook page.

To accompany the walk Palk, has drawn up a detailed list of 12 locations with directions that stretch from Harlem all the way to Brooklyn.

"Please make sure you have your walking shoes on as you are going to put some serious mileage on them," warned Palk on the Facebook page.

The first stop is "where it all started" according to Palk, at 100th Street and Broadway. The band reportedly held their first performance at guitarist John Berry's apartment there during Yauch's 17th birthday party.

On the Lower East Side at Rivington and Ludlow streets, fans can see the corner that appears on the "Paul's Boutique" album cover. The store never existed there, and the band dressed up a LES building to make it look like the shop that was actually located in Brooklyn, according to Polk's tour notes.

The tour will end in Midwood, Brooklyn where Yauch attended Edward R. Murrow High School, and where a memorial was created on a nearby wall in honor of Yauch, according to Gothamist and the Polk's tour notes.