Spike Lee Celebrates 'Do the Right Thing' With Bed-Stuy Block Party

By Paul DeBenedetto on June 25, 2014 1:52pm 

 Spike Lee poses with a street sign for "Do the Right Thing Way." The City Council will vote on renaming a stretch of Stuyvesant Avenue in Bed-Stuy after the Spike Lee classic.
Spike Lee poses with a street sign for "Do the Right Thing Way." The City Council will vote on renaming a stretch of Stuyvesant Avenue in Bed-Stuy after the Spike Lee classic.
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Spike Lee will celebrate the 25th anniversary of "Do the Right Thing" Saturday with a block party on the Bed-Stuy street where the movie was filmed, officials announced on Tuesday.

Dubbed "Do the Right Thing Day" by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Saturday's event on Stuyvesant Avenue between Quincy Street and Lexington Avenue will celebrate the film's impact on Brooklyn and the civil rights movement, Adams said.

“Spike created an image of Brooklyn that was beyond the headlines, beyond the stereotypes and beyond the negative images," read a statement from Adams.

"It showed Brooklyn in the eyes of everyday Brooklynites.”

Brooklyn's Community Board 3 voted in June to support co-naming the block "Do the Right Thing Way." The move was also supported by Councilman Robert Cornegy, who said he would fight for the co-naming in the City Council.

But despite that support, passing the legislation to co-name the street could be tricky. The City Council's standards for co-naming "focus on people and organizations, not works of art," Cornegy said at the time of the vote.

But no matter the outcome, Lee's work left an indelible mark on the borough, Adams said.

"Long before any of us were here in this beautiful place, Spike was there doing the right thing,” he said.

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