The Gowanus Houses (Clockers, 1995)
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
Address: 211 Hoyt St.
Sometimes a location can disappoints when it appears wholly changed. When visiting the Gowanus Houses in Boerum Hill, the opposite is true. The projects look exactly as they did when Lee shot Clockers there. While the benchmarks of gentrification—rare books shops and creperies—have popped up like weeds throughout Boerum Hill, the Gowanus Houses loom unaltered. The same bars rust against the windows and the same signs fade on the walls. Just as little has changed physically, it seems the same cyclical energy that perpetuates the illegal drug trade, a machine captured so explicitly in Lee's film, has stayed distressingly constant as well.