To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Beastie Boys‘ celebrated second record, Paul’s Boutique, the current owner of the New York City storefront on the album cover will sport a mural paying tribute to the group. Beginning at 11 a.m. on July 26th, artist Danielle Mastrion will be painting the tableau on the outside wall of Wolfnights, the sandwich shop occupying the corner of Rivington and Ludlow canonized on the cover (when it was known as Lee’s Sportswear). The project was spearheaded by LeRoy McCarthy, who had been campaigning the local community board to co-name the intersection Beastie Boys Square, according to Brokelyn.
McCarthy hit a dead end in his campaign this past January when the board nearly unanimously rejected his proposal and prevented him from re-filing it for another five years. At the time, its chairwoman, Gigi Li, said the Beastie Boys would never meet the criteria for co-naming since no one could demonstrate that they had contributed at least 15 years of service to the community.
At the time, the one board member who voted in favor of the co-naming said he didn’t like the way his colleagues handled the situation, which included voting on the proposal earlier than the agreed-upon date. “The wise thing and fair thing to have been done would be to let him return to the committee,” Chad Marlow told DNAInfo at the time. “This isn’t about the Beastie Boys. It is about showing respect for the community.”