Spike Lee Filming in Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Historical Society. Photo by Susan De Vries


You may see more than the usual number of people sporting afros, bell bottoms and other ’70s fashions in the Heights this week.

Spike Lee is filming in Brooklyn Heights — specifically, inside the Brooklyn Historical Society’s 1881 Romanesque Revival headquarters on the corner of Pierrepont and Clinton streets.

Signs posted up around the property refer to the film as “311,” but its actual name is “Black Klansman.”

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Filming notice on Clinton Street. Photo by Susan De Vries

Set in the 1970s, the crime drama is based on the true story and memoir of Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer in Colorado who managed to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in the second part of the decade. John David Washington stars as Stallworth with a cast that includes Adam Driver, Topher Grace and Ryan Eggold.

Brooklynites first spotted the film crew this month in Gowanus, where an industrial building was decked out with banners and a marquee for a scene in which activist Kwame Ture gives a speech.

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