Iconic movie ‘Do the Right Thing’ turns 25

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BROOKLYN (PIX11) — It was 25 years ago that film director Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” captured a snapshot of a pre-gentrified, pre-hipster, Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn.

Sandra Williams remembers driving along this stretch of Stuyvesant Ave., between Lexington and Quincy, where the movie filmed and thinking this was not where she wanted to live.

But Sandra says Lee and his production crew left the block in better shape than they found it back in 1989.

So she bought a brownstone here a few years later.

It’s the same building where the late legendary actress Ruby Dee shot one of her iconic scenes in the movie.

Brooklyn Borough President and retired NYPD captain Eric Adams held a news conference Tuesday to commemorate the film’s anniversary and announce the re-naming of this block to “Do the Right Thing Way.”

Lee, who’s been vocal about the negative aspects of Brooklyn’s ever expanding gentrification, playfully flirted with the idea of discussing the in depth the controversial issue.

That’s a not so subtle reference to the changing demographics and fresh investment here in Bed-Stuy, and other parts of Brooklyn.

But long time resident Williams credit Lee’s movie for serving as a catalyst for change in a neighborhood she says was in desperate need of it.

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