The Brooklyn Hospital (Clockers, 1995)
Neighborhood: Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Address: 121 Dekalb Ave.
While this location appears onscreen for only a brief moment in Clockers (glimpsed after Strike [Mekhi Phifer] is released following treatment for his stomach ulcer), Brooklyn Hospital provides an example of how urban development can both expand and preserve the borough's landscape. One would expect a tale of gentrification alternated with decay when revisiting the locations from many of Lee’s films, and this is often the case. However, the Brooklyn Hospital’s expansion was executed with a respect for what had come before. Behind this newly built, expansive glass lobby, the original façade as shown in the film remains intact. The white marble you see here still stands today, as a backdrop for the hospital center’s lobby.