An interactive journey through 12 iconic Spike Lee moments on film.
If there were a Mount Rushmore of legendary New York filmmakers still working today, Spike Lee would certainly be among those carved in granite. Over the course of his celebrated career, Lee has repeatedly made his home city an integral part of his work, whether as a setting, or in some cases, even a character, of sorts. With this interactive map, take a look at some of Lee’s most memorable movie moments and where in New York he chose to shoot them. (Words: Jason Matloff | Photos: Drew Gurian)
“Sticky Fingaz and Fredro are rappers, so they were giving their own personal opinions about hip-hop and which artists they liked.” — Spike on filming “Clockers”
“I thought it should have been preserved, almost like a landmark or tourist attraction.” — Danny Aiello on Sal's Pizzeria in “Do The Right Thing”
“In the script, Denzel was supposed to lose, 15 to nothing. But Denzel wasn’t going for that, and he put up some lucky shots. Ray was mad at me and said, ‘I thought the script said I’m supposed to win.’ I shrugged and looked at Denzel. And after that, Ray made sure Denzel didn’t score anymore.” — Spike on “He Got Game”
“I knew I wanted Barry’s apartment to overlook Ground Zero. So we had to find an office building that was unharmed enough to use. We had very few choices.” — Spike on “25th Hour”