BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — Beastie Boys' Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, Comptroller Scott Stringer and other leaders joined hundreds of people at Adam Yauch Park to speak out against hate Sunday afternoon.
"I am shocked and outraged by the hate language and acts of violence that is happening in this city, across the country and Brooklyn Heights," Stringer said at the rally. "This is a time for all of us to come together, and I have a message for Mr. Trump and the hate mongers: we are united. We are rallying throughout this city. All of us together."
The Brooklyn Heights rally was organized after two swastikas and the words "Go Trump" was found spray painted on playground equipment Friday. The graffiti has since been painted over.
The park is named after Adam Yauch, a member of the Beastie Boys who was Jewish. Yauch died of cancer in 2012 at age 47.
Horovitz, who was Yauch's friend and bandmate for over 30 years, also spoke at the rally and listed multiple alleged hate crimes that have been reported since Trump was elected.
"This is more about someone in our community linking Nazi Germany to Donald Trump in a ‘hell yeah’ kind of way...in a park where children play," Horovitz said.
"Please, keep your eyes open. Stand up for each other. Don't be afraid to step in or enlist the help of others because this is home grown terrorism for real."
Horovitz also addressed president-elect Trump.
“I reject Donald Trump's vision for America. New York City, I'm asking you to do the same.”
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said to the crowd holding signs that hate crimes will not be tolerated in Brooklyn.
"We will not stand for bigotry in our backyard," Gonzalez said
New York City Councilman Brad Lander said police were investigating the incident. The graffiti was one of several recent instances of the Nazi symbol being found around New York and in other parts of the country.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.