Spike Lee Knows a Different New York Now


This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the film Do the Right Thing. When we caught up with director Spike Lee at the movie’s DVD-release party this week, we wondered if he missed anything about New York back then. “In 1989, you still had affordable housing in New York City,” he told us. Then his outlook became more positive. “The racial polarization you had, when this film was made, is not in the New York City I know today.” View our Party Lines slideshow for more. In the meantime, have a happy Independence Day weekend! We’ll be back on Monday.