Spike Lee was given his own street by the City of New York. “Do The Right Thing Way” will replace Stuyvesant Street (Lexington and Quincy). Okay Brooklyn
The iconic “Do the Right Thing” (1989) by Spike Lee, was filmed entirely on this street – Stuyvesant between Lexington and Quincy – here in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn. Here, Mookie (Spike Lee) the delivery man for the pizza place owned by Sal Frangione (Danny Aiello), reveals a story of racial tensions rise in the midst of a heatwave. The neighborhood becomes violent when two local African American men are apprehended by police and one, Radio Raheem (Bill Nunn), is killed. “Do the Right Thing” is one of the most controversial and greatest films of its time as it looks deep into race relations in the urban setting.
Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American comedy-drama film produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee, who also played the part of ‘Mookie’ in the film. Other members of the cast include Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, and Samuel L. Jackson. It is also notably the feature film debuts of Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez. The movie tells the story of a neighborhood’s simmering racial tension, which comes to a head and culminates in tragedy on the hottest day of the summer.
The film was a commercial success and received numerous accolades and awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Lee for Best Original Screenplay and one for Best Supporting Actor for Aiello’s portrayal of Sal the pizzeria owner. It is often listed among the greatest films of all time. In 1999, it was deemed to be “culturally significant” by the U.S. Library of Congress, and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, one of just five films to have this honor in their first year of eligibility.