It’s been over twenty-five years since Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, a landmark film about racial tensions in Bed-Stuy, lit up audiences and prompted sharp dialogues about inner-city strife. Just yesterday Mayor de Blasio gave further recognition to the film, by signing legislation that officially renames Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Quincy Street, Do the Right Thing Way. It’s the first time a street in New York City has ever been named after a film.
Although the idea of renaming this stretch of Stuyvesant Avenue had long been advocated by City Councilman Robert Cornegy, it wasn’t until a ceremony yesterday that the street’s new name was officially recognized. Various posts on social media from Christian Post reporter Nicola A. Menzie and Spike Lee express some excitement on the matter.
— Nicola_A_Menzie (@namenzie) August 10, 2015
Today, August 10th In The Year Of Our Lawd, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Signed A Proclamation Making Stuyvesant Avenue (Between Lexington And Quincy) Officially DO THE RIGHT THING WAY. This Is The Very 1st Time In The History Of New York City A Film Has Been Given This Honor. Thanks To Everyone In Front Of And Behind The Camera For Making A His (Her) Story. Mookie and Da Mayor.
Due to some routine legal impediments, the proposal slogged through City Council hearings for a year, but as per a statement issued by the Mayor’s office, the name change was part of a bill that will rename 50 NYC streets in honor of people who have come to influence the city in a positive manner.
They mayor said yesterday:
“Our city has a long and powerful history, brimming with dedicated New Yorkers who have fought to improve their communities in countless ways – from public service to community activism to the arts. It is essential that we commemorate those who have built up our past as we work to build a better future for our city. This legislation ensures that we remain connected to our history and to the important values embodied by these individuals.”
Just for reference, this is where Do the Right Thing Way is located:
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