The relationship between filmmaker Spike Lee and Brooklyn (or at least parts of it) has been pretty contentious as of late (remember February’s legendary anti-gentrification tirade?), but that doesn’t mean we don’t value him or what he’s done for this borough. In fact, 2014 marks 25 years since the release of his seminal Brooklyn-centric film, Do The Right Thing, and in honor of that, the city just renamed part of a Bed-Stuy street Do The Right Thing Way.
According to Complex City Guide, the stretch of Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Quincy Street (i.e. the site of DTRT) was renamed this morning with Lee himself breaking the news on Instagram:
And he had this to say about the honor:
Good Morning People.Great,Great News Today. The City Of New York Has Changed Stuyvesant Street Between Lexington And Quincy In The Brooklyn Hood Of BED-STUY DO OR DIE As Do The Right Thing Way. It Is On This One Block Our Joint Was Shot.We Will Be Celebrating The 25th Silver Anniversary.
So, yeah, he may not be too pleased with gentrification, but there’s still love for Brooklyn. Always has been, always will be.
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