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January 18, 2021
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Spike Lee: Cobble Hill Was Great

By Lisa M. Collins

Will Leitch, writer for New York Magazine, and Cobble Hill resident, conducts a great and lengthy interview with filmmaker Spike Lee for the magazine’s Vulture blog. Among other things, Lee talks about growing up from age 4 to 12 at 186 Warren Street, between Henry and Clinton.

“We were the first black family to move into Cobble Hill,” Lee tells Leitch. “And we got called “nigger.” At that time, Cobble Hill was strong—I mean, strong—Italian-­American, because of the docks. But as soon as the neighbors understood that there weren’t any other black families, it was not like a mass of black families moving in behind me, I was just like everybody else. It was a great time to grow up in Cobble Hill.”

Read the long interview, in which Lee discusses the gentrification of Brooklyn, public schools, his films as an archive of Brooklyn, the Barclays center and the meaning of the Nets for Brooklyn, and more.

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