Filmmaker Spike Lee made history in his native New York City on Saturday as he had a Brooklyn street renamed after his cult classic Do The Right Thing.
The actor/director threw a free block party for locals in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighbourhood, where the 1989 movie 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 honour 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 30 June Do the Right Thing day in honour of the film’s 25th anniversary.
Lee also held a block party for fans and residents in Bed-Stuy last year to celebrate that honour.