Hundreds gather at park named after Beastie Boys co-founder to combat anti-Semitic messages

Two days after a Brooklyn park named for late Beastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch was found defaced with swastikas and a pro-Donald Trump message, nearby residents took back the park with love.

On Sunday, a horde of people, including Beastie Boys co-founders Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond along with Ben Stiller, converged on Adam Yauch Park to show their support and to denounce the racist messages. The National Anthem was sung, and a variety of speakers—including New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, a rabbi, and an imam—addressed the crowd that reportedly numbered in the hundreds.

Here was the scene.

According to in-person accounts, the rally was peaceful and filled with love, and the program ended with Squadron, the politician who helped organize the last-minute rally, leading the crowd in a rendition of “This Land Is Your Land.”

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.