Brooklyn Street Renamed After Spike Lee Movie ‘Do The Right Thing’
Actor and director Spike Lee threw a free block party for locals in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, the same area where his 1989 movie Do The Right Thing was set, to celebrate the unveiling of “Do The Right Thing Way” on Stuyvesant Avenue, and mark what would have been King of Pop, Michael Jackson’s 57th birthday.
Hundreds turned out to join in the festivities and Lee decided to also use the opportunity to honor the victims of Hurricane Katrina, 10 years after disaster struck New Orleans, Louisiana.
Sharing an image of the crowds at the big bash on Instagram, Lee wrote, “Big Brooklyn Love To All The Sponsors And Especially To The People’s Who Came Out In Full Force To Celebrate MJ’s 57th Born Day And The Naming Of Do The Right Thing Way. We Also Had A Moment Silence For Those Lost In Hurricane Katrina. Have A Great Saturday Night Wherever You May Be”.
On Monday, Lee uploaded a photo of the new street signs, and revealed, “This is the FIRST TIME that a block in New York City has been named after a work of art.”
The motion, proposed by Councilman Robert Cornegy, Jr., reportedly took almost a year to get approved by city council officials and occurred 14 months after Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams declared June 30, 2014 “Do the Right Thing” Day in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary.
Lee also held a block party for fans and residents in Bed-Stuy last year to celebrate that honor.