It's been quite a year for Spike Lee. His comments about gentrification (and people's response to them) have largely overshadowed why 2014 is an important year for the auteur: the 25th anniversary of his classic film, Do the Right Thing, arrives at the end of this month.

In honor of that, New York City has changed the name of Stuyvesant Avenue between Lexington Avenue and Quincy Street in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood—where the film was shot—to Do The Right Thing Way. Lee made the revelation on Instagram earlier this morning: 

Good Morning People.Great,Great News Today. The City Of New York Has Changed Stuyvesant Street Between Lexington And Quincy In The Brooklyn Hood Of BED-STUY DO OR DIE As Do The Right Thing Way. It Is On This One Block Our Joint Was Shot.We Will Be Celebrating The 25th Silver Anniversary.

This simply reaffirms that, from the themes it presented to its impact on the world, Do the Right Thing is just as relevant in 2014 as it was in 1989. 

[via Instagram]

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