The 1984 Jim Jarmusch film “Stranger Than Paradise” was shot in New Jersey, Ohio and Florida. Willie, played by John Lurie, is visited by Eva, played by Eszter Balint, his cousin from Hungary. Willie’s apartment can be found in Hoboken, New Jersey, but it has since been extensively remodeled.
LOCATION: 464 Newark St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
The story jumps ahead one year, after Eva has gone to Cleveland to be with her mother. Willie and Eddie, played by Richard Edson, decide to take a road trip and head to Cleveland, passing this bus station.
Spike Lee’s seminal 1989 film “Do the Right Thing” was shot on a single block of Brooklyn, New York in the summer of 1988. You can walk Stuyvesant Ave today, between Lexington Ave and Quincy St and see all of the locations within minutes. Mister Señor Love Daddy, played by Samuel L. Jackson, works as a DJ for We Love Radio at this building, which has since been remodeled a bit.
LOCATION: 174 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221
The Yes Jesus Baptist Church, while not immediately obvious, was filmed at this building. A facade was built around the first level to make it appear as a church. The upper levels, however, still match up to what was seen in the film.
LOCATION: 184 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Sal’s Pizzeria, the central location of the film, was a set built on an empty piece of land. The set was removed after filming and is currently a parking lot. It stood at the corner of Lexington Ave and Stuyvesant Ave.
LOCATION: Lexington Ave / Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Here’s a couple more views of where the Pizzeria set stood.
This mural was seen in the film on the opposite side of Lexington Ave, in the background of many shots of Sal’s. A newer building now obscures the view, but the mural was repainted on the wall next to the parking lot where the set stood.
Directly across the street from Sal’s on Stuyvesant Ave is where the Korean fruit and vegetable store stood. Like Sal’s, this too was a set, which was taken down after filming and is currently a strip of empty land.
This mural paying tribute to the film is painted on the wall where the fruit and vegetable stand stood.
Here is the home where Mookie, played by Spike Lee, lived. It has since been updated a bit.
LOCATION: 173 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Here is the location where Radio Raheem, played by Bill Nunn, gives his famous love and hate speech. He is standing in front of Mookie’s home, located on the opposite side of the block from Sal’s, next to Quincy St.
Here is another view of where Radio Raheem gave his speech.
LOCATION: Stuyvesant Ave / Quincy St, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Here is the home where Mother Sister, played by Ruby Dee, lived. Mother Sister sat in the window next to the door on the right, although this home has likewise been updated a bit since filming.
LOCATION: 167 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Cee, played by Martin Lawrence, hangs out with his friends on the front steps of this home.
LOCATION: 165 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Directly in front of the same location, this fire hydrant was also used in the film, when they spray the man driving through the street.
The three older corner men sit in front of this building throughout the film, which was painted red specifically for the film.
LOCATION: 691 Lexington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Here’s a closer look at where the men sat. Some of the windows were also covered for the film.
The block has been named “Do the Right Thing Way” in honor of the film. This sign can be found at Lexington Ave and Stuyvesant Ave, in front of where the the Korean fruit and vegetable store stood.
Although some of the buildings have been updated and some of the sets are gone, you undoubtedly feel like you’ve walked into the same world the characters lived when standing on Do The Right Thing Way in Brooklyn. It is an important place not only in cinema, but in culture and we highly recommend a visit.