Fellow Beastie Boy Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz spoke at the park's reopening ceremony and paid tribute to Yauch's father and mother—both of whom were in attendance—for raising one of New York City's finest. "They taught Adam to be curious, thoughtful, kind and just enough crazy," Horovitz said. "That craziness that is New York. That New York frenetic energy. It's musical, artful and always moving forward—and that's not only Brooklyn, that's Adam Yauch. And it's cool to have an Adam Yauch Park for other crazy New York kids."
In true NYC fashion, Horovitz added this zinger before leaving the park: "It's fitting that we're here today to dedicate a playground to Adam Yauch, because like the Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys is for the children."